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Meet Terri Bowen of King-Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Terri Bowen.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Terri. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
King-Bruwaert House history originates from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 hosted in Chicago. Suzanne King, a prominent Chicago socialite, met Francois Edmond Bruwaert at the fair. He served as the French Consul General to Chicago and the United States and was appointed to the international committee overseeing the six-month event. The couple married in 1894. The Bruwaerts traveled extensively throughout Europe during Edmond’s various ambassadorships and assignments.

They were most impressed with medical facilities they visited, especially those surrounded by beautiful, landscaped properties that promoted calmness and tranquility.

Edmond retired in 1911 and the couple settled in Lausanne, Switzerland. Following the death of her husband in 1927, Mrs. Bruwaert became concerned that so many women of refinement had no place to turn for comfort and care in their later years. In a hand-written will, Suzanne King-Bruwaert left a substantial estate with direction to build an elegant European country home for women. She referenced medical sites in France in notes she wrote to the trustees who would eventually handle her estate.

Mrs. Bruwaert died in 1928 and her appointed trustees carried out the dictates of her will. Following the purchase of a 35-acre land parcel in the Hinsdale/Burr Ridge area, construction of King-Bruwaert House began. The stately French Georgian mansion was completed in April, 1933 and was introduced as an elegant residential and healthcare home for women only. Eventually, men and couples were included in our community.

Today more than 250 residents in all levels of care of part of our King-Bruwaert family.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Since King-Bruwaert House opened its doors in 1933, our succession of leaders has embraced many changes in the healthcare industry to keep pace with the needs of the older adult population. Board members have consistently participated in strategic planning sessions that have resulted in planned projects and improvements that have advanced our organization across eight decades of service. Every effort is made to identify, budget for and prioritize improvements that keep King-Bruwaert House on course with the anticipated needs of the greater community.

Our challenge for the future is to continue to keep pace with healthcare, medical and technology changes; to encourage and support on-going training and education of our staff; to present up-to-date, educational and informative programming for our residents and the public; and plan ahead for the growth of the Baby Boom generation and beyond.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the King-Bruwaert House story. Tell us more about the business.
What sets us apart from the competition is our consistency in upholding an 85-year mission to specialize in the uncompromising care of older adults. Our Board sets short- and long-term goals that allow us to build upon our strengths and enhance our community in a way that underscores our commitment to provide customized care that makes a major difference for those requiring support.

As a LifePlan community, our services include independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. We have earned an exceptional reputation for all levels of care. About 250 people live in our historic French Georgian Manor House and in our two independent living communities of Godair Park and The Woods of King-Bruwaert. Most recently, we renovated our building to include a new dining venue that we call Bistro ’33. This new feature gives our residents and their families a place to gather to enjoy casual dining and friendly conversations. We have also invested in a long-term Reforestation Project to be good stewards in maintaining the quality of trees, shrubs and landscaping of our expansive property. This project will ensure enjoyment and preservation of our grounds for many generations to come.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Before King-Bruwaert House was built, trustees named by Suzanne King-Bruwaert were entrusted to purchase property, construct a home (originally for women) and establish an Endowment Fund to manage costs and operations. Fortunately, original Trustee William Burry liquidated stocks and bonds prior to the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Had he not discovered the beautiful 35-acre parcel of land on which our home was built, he would have held onto assets until a purchase was made. It was extraordinary timing and a good eye for property that compelled him to move forward in following Suzanne King-Bruwaert’s wishes.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Terri Bowen, CEO
    King-Bruwaert House,
    6101 S. County Line Road
    Burr Ridge, IL 60527
  • Website: www.kingbruwaert.com
  • Phone: 630-230-9502
  • Email: terrib@kbhouse.org
  • Facebook: King-Bruwaert House


Image Credit:
Terri Bowen, CEO
King-Bruwaert House offers a pet-friendly environment to residents and their furry friends.
Godair Park residents enjoy a peaceful pond setting throughout all the seasons.
Woods of King-Bruwaert cottages offer spacious floor plans in a wood setting that includes a walking path and bridge, a flowing creek, gazebo, gardens, two ponds and a dog park.
Senior Director of Health and Wellness Barbara Schafer receives a prestigious award from Elizabeth Delheimer of the State of Illinois Department on Aging.
Bistro ’33 Manager Oscar Lacson prepares elegant and tasty meals daily.

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