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Holiday Party to be at Broadview Mansion

What: Old House Society Holiday Party!!
Who: Members and Friends and those who are interested in learning more about OHS
When: Wednesday, December 7th from 5:30 to 7:30pm
Where: Broadview Mansion at 1301 S. Fell in Normal
Cost: Free

The Mansion will be decorated beautifully for Christmas. Bring a friend and enjoy appetizers and beverages while touring this beautiful estate. A host will be on site to provide tours, provide a history of the home, and answer questions.

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 is nestled amongst a historic neighborhood. The home is now the location of the Van Leer Academy of Music and Art.

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