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Welcome to Immanuel Bible Foundation

Enriching our community through the arts, faith and preservation of the historic Broadview Mansion estate.

The Broadview Mansion will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

 

Immanuel Bible Foundation is always looking for anyone who has any history,
stories or original items to share about the Broadview Mansion.
Please contact Annette Klinzing at 309.452.6710 or immanuelbiblefoundation@yahoo.com

History

  • 1906

    Bird and Margaret Van Leer complete construction of Broadview Mansion.

  • 1933

    Bird Van Leer passes away at age 66.

  • 1939

    Construction completed on bell tower Margaret Van Leer had built to honor her husband. Tower dedicated on Sept. 29, 1940.

  • 1949

    Mrs Van Leer passes away at 79 and endows the property to the Immanuel Bible Foundation (IBF).

  • 1953

    IBF begins the Men’s Lenten Breakfast.

  • 1979

    The 10 bells in the tower are removed and replaced with an audio system, which is currently inactive.

  • 1994

    IBF starts the Women’s Christmas Celebration.

  • 2013

    IBF initiates the Van Leer Legacy Award.

  • 2016

    Through the work of IBF and the Town of Normal, Broadview Mansion is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • 2016

    Immanuel Bible Foundation sponsors Bluegrass & Brass on the Grass and Christmas concerts in the Mansion. And, Broadview Mansion begins hosting Holiday Open Houses.

  • 2017

    A historic bell weighing 2,000 pounds from Second Presbyterian Church, similar to the largest bell that originally hung in the Bell Tower, is installed at the base of the Tower.

Enriching our community through the arts, faith and preservation of the historic Broadview Mansion estate.

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