Ferris Bueller House For Sale
By Margaret Foster | Online Only | June 3, 2009
A modern house is for sale in the Illinois woods. Anyone? Anyone?
Yes, the glass-and-steel house made famous by the Ferrari crash scene in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is on the market for $2.3 million.
"We think it'll be sold this month," says Meladee Hughes of Sudler Sotheby's International Realty, who listed the house May 16 and will offer tours to prospective buyers later this month. "There's been a lot of interest. The buyer will be someone who really appreciates this architecture."
Designed by A. James Speyer, a student of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the house was built in 1953 for textile artist Ben Rose. Twenty years later, Speyer's protege, David Haid, designed a complementary glass pavilion which is sited 50 feet away. Ben Rose died in 2004, and his wife, Frances, passed away earlier this year.
Their four-bedroom, four-bath house stands on a three-quarter-acre lot in the suburban community of Highland Park, north of Chicago. Thanks to the town's landmarks ordinance, it cannot be demolished. "I don't believe you can tear it down, nor would anyone in their right mind want to tear it down," Hughes says. "It's something that can never be duplicated. It's like living in a treehouse in the woods. It's wonderful."
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