The home where part of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was filmed hit the market (again) for $1.5 million! Photos on the listing show the famous garage that housed Cameron’s father’s red convertible Ferrari. The space is now being used as a family room. The home has been on and off the market since 2009, when it was first listed for $2.3 million.
In addition to being a part of movie history, the home is known for its mid-century modern architecture. Built in 1953, the Rose House was designed by architect, museum curator, and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) teacher A. James Speyer for textile designers Ben and Frances Rose, two famous textile designers who provided iconic prints to architectural showrooms and design publications throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. The famous “automobile pavilion” where the Ferrari in the movie was stored was designed by Speyer’s first graduate student David Haid in 1974. Both architects studied under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who happened to be Speyer’s professor at IIT.
Speyer was a part of Chicago’s cultural scene for more than 30 years. In 1961 he left IIT to become Curator of Twentieth Century Paintings and Sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago, where he worked for 25 years and became highly regarded for his innovative exhibitions and installations. It is one of Chicago’s endangered historic structures, according to Landmarks Illinois.
The four bedroom, four bath, 4,300 square-foot Rose House sits on one acre of land and is considered to be Speyer’s best architectural work. It is notable for its progressive design, as both the home and pavilion sit on pylons that lift it above grade. In 1958, the house was one of 12 homes in the nation featured in a Bethlehem Steel publication promoting the use of steel framing for residential design. The home is listed by Meladee Hughes, Coldwell Banker Residential.
For more information, check out the listing on Redfin.com.