Life Moves Pretty Fast: A Look Inside the Ben Rose House

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Which classic 80’s film features a high school slacker, a ’Twist & Shout’ parade sequence, and a Ferrari crashing through a mid-century modern home?

Anyone?… Anyone?… That’s right! The John Hughes classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The film covers a lot of ground. From the Sears Tower and Wrigley Field, to the Art Institute of Chicago, but being the modern design enthusiasts that we are, we feel that the Ben Rose House deserved more screen time. The Ben Rose House served as the home of Ferris’ buddy Cameron Frye, as well as the location for the iconic scene where Cameron causes his father’s priceless 1961 Ferrari GT California to crash through the glass windows and into the ravine below. It’s a beautiful piece of architecture that not only housed classic cars but a collection of amazing modern furniture too.

The Ben Rose House was built in 1953 by architect A. James Speyer, a student of Mies Van der Rohe. In the tradition of Mies’ Farnsworth House, the structure is steel framed, rectangular, and features plenty of glass and wood textures.

No matter what life throws at you, it’s best to remember Ferris Bueller’s wise words, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” And there’s nothing better to look at than elegant, modern design!