King-Bruwaert House story…
It was at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 where Suzanne King, a well-known
Chicago socialite met Francois Edmond Bruwaert, who served as the French Consul General to Chicago and the United States. The Frenchman and the Chicagoan soon fell in love and were married six months later. While traveling throughout Europe, the two developed an interest in medical facilities and how outdoor, landscaped spaces could be used to promote calm and tranquility.
Suzanne King-Bruwaert passed away in the late 1920’s and left a substantial sum in her will to establish a retirement home for women in the Chicagoland area based on her experiences in Europe. The result was King-Bruwaert House (KBH), a non-profit organization which opened its doors for women in 1933. In 1979, King-Bruwaert House merged with the historic Godair Home to expand its scope, and the community has been serving women, men, and couples ever since.
“Our Manor Home has the historic charm of the 1930’s, including original hardwood floors, beautiful chandeliers, and grand fireplaces,” says Andy Beltz, Senior
Director of Marketing. At KBH, programming for residents operates on multiple levels. There are programs designed to tailor to the needs of individuals, particularly important in its Memory Care Community, and group activities that are designed for socialization and other dimensions of wellness.
King-Bruwaert House is currently going through a planned expansion. The Gardens of King-Bruwaert will offer opportunities for seniors, 60 years or better, with 49 brand new apartment
home residences. “The expansion plans also include the addition to, and renovation of, our current skilled-nursing wing,” says Beltz. KBH has also remodeled part of its Manor Home creating Carrington Hall-home to recently renovated, luxury assisted living suites with additional amenities and support services.
It’s all part of King-Bruwaert House’s mission, with its panoramic setting, to be a place where residents can come together to celebrate an active lifestyle, surrounded by compassionate, caring staff, engaging activities, delicious food, and personalized care.
King-Bruwaert House is located at 6101 S. County Line Road in Burr Ridge, 630-323-2250, kingbruwaert.org