Notable Dates

2020

2020

Quality of life additions open, including cultural arts center, swimming pool, coffee lounge, wellness center, and woodshop.
2010

2011

Brewster Rehab Center opens

2013

Construction completed on St. Francis Health Family Medicine and ReadyCare at Brewster

2014

New 40 year Campus Master Plan is approved by board

2016

Main Street opens on the garden level of Assisted Living after major addition and remodeling

2017

Construction begins on Cottonwood Villas

2018

Cottonwood Villas construction complete and residents move in

2018

Construction begins on cultural arts center, indoor pool, etc

2018

President & CEO David Beck retires

2019

Joe Ewert succeeds David Beck as President & CEO
2000

2000

Garden level of Assisted Living renovated – named Commerce Court

2003

Main Building basement remodeled to become Klinge Activity Center

2004

Completion of eight luxury Townhomes complete on west side of campus

2008

Purchased Country Club Apartments east of Main Building
1990

1998

David Beck hired as Executive Director

1998

Brewster Health Center opens

1999

Renovation of old medical unit complete and Residential Health Center opens (Assisted Living)
1980

1981

Release of The Brewster Place Story – A Dream Come True – History of Brewster Place

1983-85

Purchase of more land on the southeast side for future expansion

1984

20th Anniversary Celebration

1984

20th Anniversary Celebration

1986

Groundbreaking ceremony for Brewster East expansion

1987

Brewster East opens

1989

Open House to celebrate 25th Anniversary
1970

1971

Additional three-acres south of property purchased

1972

Brewster adds 38 new units with the completion of Brewster West

1978

Brewster adds 38 more units, including cottages and apartments, with completion of Brewster South

1979

Executive Director Nathan Barr retires

1979

Ron Schmoller hired as Executive Director
1960

1961

Nathan Barr becomes first Executive Director

1961

Board purchases five –acre tract along West 29th St. including native stone house as site

1962

Groundbreaking ceremonies and construction begins

1964

Construction on the Main Building is completed and the first tenants move in

1969

Medical facility doubles in size with the addition of a second floor
1950

1958

Brewster chartered as the The Congregational Home

Brewster Place was founded as The Congregational Home for the Aged in 1958.

The cornerstone idea for Brewster Place was conceived in the 1950s when four Congregational churches came together to make life better for seniors. Topekan, Frances Engler and her husband Roy, wanted to provide a comfortable, convenient home for Frances’ aging aunt. The couple took their idea for a senior care home and offer of ten acres of farmland to their pastor, Reverend Ned Burr McKenney.

McKenney worked with the three other Topeka Congregational churches to establish a corporate charter for The Congregational Home in 1958. Though the official corporate name remains The Congregational Home, in 1962 the property became known as Brewster Place to honor early Congregationalist, William Brewster. Brewster, a Mayflower pilgrim and Plymouth Colony leader, was known for his compassion and faith.

Five decades later, compassion and service to seniors is witnessed daily on our beautiful 35 acre campus. Brewster proudly offers nearly 400 residents a wide array of activities, amenities, and innovations to make a positive difference in their lives.

Turn the page and write your next chapter in the Brewster storybook of senior living.                                                                                                                                                                                        

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