North Shore masterpiece. (Cameron's dad's Ferrari not included)
August 7, 2013
An architecturally-significant Highland Park home — its car pavilion the scene of one of the greatest expressions of anger, frustration, regret and humor ever committed to film — can be yours for $1.5 million.
Built in 1953, the Rose House designed by architect A. James Speyer deserves a place in architecture books in its own right. The minimalist single-story steel and glass masterpiece has an uninterrupted 25x40 foot living space and is evocative of the best work of Speyer's mentor, Mies van der Rohe. The home was listed Monday.
But the home's 1974 auto pavilion gives the dwelling at 370 Beech St. an added measure of fame. Designed by Speyer's colleague David Haid, the pavilion was featured in a well-known scene from the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In the scene, character Cameron Frye — angry and fearful that he'll be punished for borrowing his overbearing father's valuable 1961 Ferrari California GT — accidentally does this:
The pavilion and the car are introduced in this scene from the movie:
The Rose House has been on and off the market for four years, listing as high as $2.3 million through Sotheby's in 2009. With four bedrooms and four baths and 4,300 sq feet, the home is small by North Shore standards, which might be the rub when it comes to selling.
Preservationists four years ago feared the home could become a tear-down and worked to raise awareness of the unique place and its motion picture connections. Landmarks Illinois took the unusual step of making this well-done short feature with architecture expert Franz Schulze about the property: