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'Ferris Bueller' glass house sells for $1.06 million

The house finally sold after realtors stopped marketing the movie and started pushing its history.
By Matt Bradwell   |   May 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM  |  Updated May 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM   |   Comments

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., May 30 (UPI) -- The modernist two-building house that garaged Cameron's dad's Ferrari in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off has sold for $1.06 million after five years on the market. The Chicago sellers had sought $2.3 million when they first put the house on the market in 2009.

Despite an onslaught of media attention when the iconic property was first listed, brokerage firm Coldwell Banker was unable to find a buyer, and in August 2013 changed their marketing strategy to focus on the house's important place in the history of architecture.

Built in 1953, the steel-beamed glass house and its accompanying garage were the work of James Speyer. Speyer, while well-accomplished in his own right, is notable for being a student of Ludwig Mies der Rohe, who along with Frank Lloyd Wright, and is considered one the founding fathers of modern western architecture.

In the 1986 John Hughes film, Cameron Frye's lifelong frustrations with his father come to a boiling point as he sends the old man's 1961 Ferrari through the garage's glass window into the creek below.

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