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Rose House and Pavilion

370 Beech St. Highland Park
(A. James Speyer, 1952-54; house) (David Haid, 1974; pavilion)

 

News Update: Buyers of ‘Ferris Bueller’ house plan to ‘love it’, Highland Park News, June 4, 2014

 

Significance: 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. The house is considered to be Speyer’s best architectural work and is notable for its progressive design and its deference to the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Speyer’s professor at IIT. Like Mies’ masterpiece Farnsworth House, the Rose House is 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. Also on the property is an automobile pavilion, designed by Speyer’s first graduate student David Haid, to house the Rose’s classic car collection. Haid’s design emulates that of the house and stands on pylons over a ravine. The pavilion was featured in the popular 1986 John Hughes film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

 

Current Condition and/or Status: The Rose House is in excellent condition but has been vacant since the death of Frances Rose in early 2009. The property is listed for sale with Sotheby’s.

 

Potential Threat: While the property is designated as a Highland Park landmark, inquiries have been made regarding demolition of the house and a possible lot split. This is of concern because Highland Park has previously permitted two local landmarks to be demolished.

 

What You Can Do: Urge Highland Park officials to keep the property’s landmark protection in place and to support the owner’s effort to preserve the house.

Other Contacts: Interested buyers should contact:

Rose House and Pavilion Video

 

 
 

 
   

Photos 1: Rose, Ben Residence, exterior view, A. James Speyer entering house, Highland Park, IL 1961 alterations. A. James Speyer and Brenner Danforth Rockwell [architects]. Harry Callahan [photographer], 1953. A. James Speyer Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. © The Art Institute of Chicago; 2 house, exterior view, 2009; 3 Rose, Ben Residence, exterior view, entrance, Highland Park, IL 1961 alterations. A. James Speyer and Brenner Danforth Rockwell [architects]. Tom Yee (New York) [photographer]. c. 1950s. A. James Speyer Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. © The Art Institute of Chicago; 4 Rose, Ben, Residence, cars, interior garage, Highland Park, IL, 1961 alterations. A. James Speyer and Brenner Danforth Rockwell [architects]. A. James Speyer Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. © The Art Institute of Chicago; 5 pavilion, exterior view, 2009;  6 still from movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, featuring pavilion interior, 1986, Ben Rose Estate

 
     
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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