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Ferris Bueller House, Anyone? Ferris Bueller House, Anyone?

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:46 pm
by Tim
I was in the area and drove by ... ... 869#photo7

It is being renovated ... ... ne-ferrari

As best I could tell, the new lower level area (garage, play space) is built (walls, ceiling). There was a construction van in the way so I couldn't see how far the construction inside the lower level area has progressed. The main house itself was covered in plastic sheets. The glass "garage" seemed to be used as storage (view from street/ bridge). Overall, it is an exciting project. It's great to see the house get a 2nd take. In terms of massing and how the new lower level will fit in, my sense is that it will work well. The whole thing is quite clever.

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:54 pm
by Tim
Does anyone know ... Was the demolished garage (street side) original to the house?

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:13 pm
by Tim
Actually, the second link shows a photo of the original facade ... no garage!

Who knew ... Reading actually helps

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:06 pm
by SDR
Well -- it will be nice to see this one reborn, and closer to its original appearance than when it was in the movie, to boot.

" . . . an in-floor hot water radiator system" would be the generic description of Wright's "gravity heat" . . . I guess ?


Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:53 pm
by Tim

Progress photos and building plans

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:15 pm
by Tim
I drove by last week.

The windows and siding were covered. It looks like the steel structure was being painted.

The garage and general reconstruction seemed to be far along/ maybe complete.

The site is a mess (normal construction mess), and it was raining all week. So I assume final grading hasn't been completed.

Overall, once the grading and landscape are complete, the new garage will disappear. In fact, it will probably prove to be a clever solution.

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:24 pm
by SDR
Thanks, Tim, I appreciate the news. Let us know when it's time for the first street (or bridge) views ? I do Host-and-Post hereabouts, when needed . . .


Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:14 pm
by Tim

More recent progress photos

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:01 pm
by Tim
Drove past house.

Looks like rough grading done, but not fine grading (hard to tell).

Landscaping not done.

Driveway and garage look to be complete.

Some exterior work still open (finishing work, not construction).

Seems like they are living in the house. Ex (1) Kids toy house was in the front yard. (2) The back of the house seems to have furniture in it (dining room table).

That's about all I could tell from driving by and not behaving like a stalker.

Overall, the house looks good. The driveway should mostly recede. Nice to see it get new life.