Remember Molly Ringwald’s house from the classic John Hughes movie Sixteen Candles? She played an angst-filled teenager named Samantha Baker, whose family is so focused on her sister Ginny’s wedding that they “effing forgot” her 16th birthday. It was filmed on location in this red-brick house in Evanston, Illinois, so let’s compare how the interiors looked then and now!
The “Sixteen Candles” House Today
The Entry Hall and Staircase Onscreen:
The Entry Hall Today:
Living Room Then & Now:
The listing says:
You will picture yourself sharing dinner parties in the amazing dining room and the elegant living room with a wood burning fireplace and gorgeous plastic cast molding.
Dining Room Then & Now:
I was happy to see the paneling is still intact!
Upstairs Landing Then & Now:
Paul Dooley played Sam’s dad Jim Baker and Justin Henry was her foul-mouthed brother Mike.
The house has 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 3,250 sq ft
Sister Ginny’s Bedroom:
Samantha’s Pink Third-Story Bedroom:
Kitchen in the Movie:
I love how very ’80s it was with that wallpaper and the wood cabinets!
The Remodeled Kitchen Today:
Breakfast Nook Then & Now:
Back of the House:
The house was built in 1931.
Jake Ryan’s House in “Sixteen Candles:”
They really trashed it in the movie…
Jen Lancaster wrote a fun novel about this house (Amazon affiliate link):
This is where the iconic “birthday kiss” moment takes place on his (glass!) dining room table:
BTW, anyone else wondering what happened to Michael Schoeffling, who played Jake? He hasn’t appeared in a movie since 1991. According to IMDb.com, “He and his family have been living quietly all these years in northeastern Pennsylvania, where the teen dream operates a successful business building fine hand-crafted furniture.”
Movie Locations and More got this recent pic of the house:
Street View of Sam’s “Sixteen Candles” House Today:
Despite all the updates to the interior, the exterior still looks pretty much the same:
Want it? They’re asking about $1.5 million. The listing has all the photos and information. And if you want to revisit the movie itself, check out the “Flashback Edition” of Sixteen Candles with new bonus features! 🙂
P.S. Visit Houses Onscreen to see more, including the “Home Alone” house today:
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