1010 Broadway is a brick and wood Prairie Style home built in 1958 by architect Keith Middleton for Dr. Gilbert Causey and Dr. Helen Denny (known socially as Mrs. Gilbert Causey). The Causeys raised their children Jim and Gayle in the home and it remained in the family until 2020 when it was sold to the current owners.
Married in 1949, Dr. Causey and Dr. Denny moved to Bloomington in 1950 and became the first practicing anesthesiologists in the area, operating Anesthesia Associates of Bloomington-Normal. Dr. Causey served on the Brokaw Hospital Board of Directors, as president of the Brokaw Hospital Medical-Dental Staff, as director of Inhalation Therapy and as chief of the Section of Anesthesia. Dr. Denny was vice president and later president of the Brokaw Hospital medical staff. She was the first woman to gain that position at Brokaw. Dr. Denny passed away in 2011 and Gayle moved home to care for Dr. Causey who passed away in 2015.
The Causeys first lived across the street at 915 Broadway until a fire destroyed part of their home. It was at this time that they undertook the new construction at 1010 Broadway. No expense was spared in building this home. When the average price of a new home in the area was less than $20,000, the Causeys spent over $50,000 building their dream house. The home features four bedrooms and three baths with many original features – it's a time capsule in many ways.
The current owners always wanted to live on Broadway and reached out to different owners on the street, asking to be contacted if they ever wanted to sell. In 2020, they were put in touch with the trustees of the Causey’s estate and were able to purchase the property without it ever being for sale. Through the trust, they were also able to purchase many of the Causey’s belongings, including the piano, kitchen table and chairs, and wine glasses (displayed in kitchen). Also included were the original blueprints and a collection of family slides, books and magazines, which can be seen in the basement.
You won’t want to miss these original features:
Slate floors in the entry
Cork floors and birch cabinets in the kitchen
Separate entrance (side door) to home office with birch built-ins
Pull-down screen and projector for movie watching in the den
Two unique Jack/Jill/Jack bathrooms (not a typo)