We got a call from Coldwell Banker with the news that the contract on the house, which was where the character of Cam lived and famously crashed his father’s red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder convertible through the glass-walled garage, has not been sold, as we reported in an earlier post. The contract has fallen through and it is still, indeed for sale.
This was the home of Ben Rose, an artist and world renowned hand screened textile and wallpaper designer who was a favorite of architects and designers. He and his wife, Frances, built the A. James Speyer designed house in 1953. Speyer was a well-known architect and professor at Illinois Institute of Technology and was Curator of Twentieth Century Paintings and Sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago.
The combination of talents between the Roses and Speyer created what is considered by some to be the epitome of a sophisticated adult treehouse. At 4,300 square feet, the home consists of four bedrooms and four baths and is situated on one acre of wooded land. In 1958, the house was one of twelve homes in the nation featured in a Bethlehem Steel publication promoting the use of steel framing for residential design. In addition to being a talented artist, Ben was also an enthusiastic car collector, which resulted in the car pavilion being added to the house in 1974.
The house went under contract after being on the market for four years before the deal fell through. Originally listed in 2009 at $2.3 million, 370 Beech Street in Highland Park, Illinois is currently on the market for $1,250,000. Here’s the listing from Coldwell Banker: THE BEN ROSE HOME-a mid-century modern architectural treasure cantilevered over the ravines, the 2 steel and glass buildings have incredible vistas of the surrounding woods Designed by A. James Speyer protege of Mies Van der Rohe & David Haid. Main house: 4 bedrms/3baths Pavilion/guest house: kitchen/ bath + 4 car interior parking. New interior/exterior steel/window renovation+new roofs-carpeting and more!