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8 clearly cool glass houses

By: Matt Hickman on July 29, 2012, 5:32 p.m.
The interior of the Ben Rose Home with two chairs, a small side table and a white, fuzzy rug

Photo: Carmen B/Wikimedia Commons [CC by 1.0]

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Ben Rose Home (aka 'Cameron's House')

Architects: A. James Speyer, David Haid

Location: Highland Park, Illinois

This cantilevered, glass-wrapped midcentury stunner comes equipped with a rich cinematic history. OK, so maybe the home’s pavilion/garage only appeared in one film from the 1980s, but what a memorable, cringe-inducing appearance it was. Designed in 1953 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe protégés A. James Speyer and David Haid for client Ben Stein Ben Rose, the 5,300-square-foot abode at 370 Beech St. in the upscale Chicago suburb of Highland Park hit the market in 2011 for a cool $1.65 million. Previously in 2009, the home had listed for $2.3 million and dropped to $1.8 million. A red vintage Ferrari and a male teenager on the verge of a nervous breakdown named Cameron were reportedly not included in the sale.