“You killed the car.” 370 Beech St. aka Cameron’s House Now on the Market

370 beech ben rose

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As seen in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the modern home of Ferris’ best friend Cameron is now on the market. 370 Beech Street, aka The Ben Rose Home, in Highland Park, Illinois was designed by architect A. James Speyer. After a traditional Beaux-Arts education, Speyer traveled through Europe in the 1930’s, cultivating a new, ornament-free Modern vocabulary. As you might be able to tell from the glass-and-steel glory that is the Ben Rose Home, Speyer returned to the states to study with Mies Van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he also later taught. Almost as much a piece of eye candy as the 1961 Ferrari it rather unsuccessfully protected, Cameron’s house was also an incredibly savvy setpiece.

370 beech highland park ben rose

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In Ferris Bueller, the modern building was perfectly believable as the sterile home of the uptight Cameron, reflecting a nurtured numbness and his isolation from friends and family. What better metaphor then for Cameron’s social and personal evolution than the climactic shattering of the perfect glass box? completely surrounded by the woods of Highland Park; its two buildings perched precariously above the hillside. For a beautiful piece of architecture that played such a pivotal role in film history, $2,300,000 seems like a bargain. Just be careful when you pull into the garage.

370 beech highland park ben rose

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&#183 The Ben Rose Home [Realtor.com]

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Jimmy Stamp

Jimmy Stamp is a freelance writer, researcher, and recovering architect. He has contributed to The Guardian, Wired, Smithsonian, The Journal of Architectural Education, and many other websites and publications. His first book Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale comes out in spring 2016. If you need a writer with a penchant for Piranesi and pop culture, or if you just want to say hi, you can find him on twitter @LifeSansBldgs or email him at jamestamp@gmail.com

4 thoughts on ““You killed the car.” 370 Beech St. aka Cameron’s House Now on the Market”

  1. It’s still amazing to me that paintings can fetch tens of millions of dollars and splendid modern homes can be had for a fraction of that. How can a Damien Hirst be worth the same as a building? Odd indeed. But for all the Ferris love out there, let it be said that that kid was a jerk. I always felt rather bad for poor benighted Cameron. His best pal didn’t really care for him at all.

  2. I completely agree with you about the prices of art v architecture, but I can’t back you on your opinion of Ferris. I think he really cared a lot about Cameron. He wanted his friend to loosen up and enjoy life and not worry so much about things that, in the long run, don’t really matter at all. Ferris Bueller has a preternatural self awareness for a high schooler. He realized early on what the lucky ones only understand in hind sight: life is for living! He just had to get Cameron out of his (literal) glass house to shake him awake.

  3. Jimmy, you beat me to the punch on this one. I was getting ready to work up a post on this one, though for other reasons (I went to high school where parts of Ferris Bueller were filmed, I remember seeing “Save Ferris” on our water tower before knowing what was going on, and some people at College even called me Cameron because of a physical likeness, not even knowing my slight connection to the film’s making). Nice catch on the metaphor. Better than anything I could have come up with.

    I drove by this house once in high school. Unless it’s winter it’s hard to see anything from the road, and even then it’s hard to get a glimpse of it while navigating the turns.

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