Built in 1906, this stately Edwardian Style Arts and Crafts Home is on the corner of South Fell and Highland Avenue in Normal, Illinois. The home was named 'Broadview' by its original owners, Bird and Margaret Van Leer, due to the 'broad view' they had of Normal at the time the home was built. Back then, the home sat on one of the tallest points of the town, and the homes around Broadview were not yet built. Thus, the Van Leers looked out upon much land with few trees. Today, the trees have grown, creating a park-like environment. Broadview Mansion and its nearly 4 acres of land are now located in an historic neighborhood of the Town of Normal. In 2016, the Town of Normal and Immanuel Bible Foundation teamed up to get Broadview Mansion placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The home is now the location of the Van Leer Center and the Immanuel Bible Foundation. It can be open for bible study groups, non-profit and church planning sessions, and individual quiet time. The Mansion no longer hosts weddings or receptions. Contact the Executive Director for pricing and availability.
General Parking is limited to street parking along Highland Avenue and other side streets. Parking is not permitted in front of the Mansion on Fell Street.