Home Care Program goes "On The Road"
Brevillier Village is proud to announce that we are now taking our non-medical Home Care program on the road! Brevillier Village Home Care Program has been providing services such as meals, housekeeping, laundry, and light personal care to the residents at Conrad House for over 15 years. We now are offering these services to individuals that live in their own homes in the Erie Community. If you need a little bit of help at home, or if certains tasks are getting too much for you, but you want to remain in your home, then our program might be for you! Contact our Director of Admissions at 899-8600 for more information!
If you want to be part of a team that believes that what they do each day truly matters in the lives of our residents, you may have found your niche. Brevillier Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering ompetitive wages and generous employee benefits. Benefits include health and dental, paid holidays, vacation, 401K, employee enrichment, and Nursing Education Scholarships. Please contact our Human Resources Department at 814-899-8600.
HISTORY OF BREVILLIER VILLAGE
Brevillier Village is a multi-phase retirement community sponsored by the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie, Pennsylvania, a church of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern PA and is dedicated to serving the continuing needs of older adults.
The Village is located on a 17-acres of lakefront property known as the Brevillier Estate. Located five miles east of downtown Erie, it is bounded on the north by Lake Erie and on the south by East Lake Road.
The history of Brevillier Village has been carved by four major influences: The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, the Episcopal Brothers of St. Barnabas Home in Gibsonia, the Brevillier Family, and the Ball Family.
The services of Brevillier Village include: Ball Pavilion, Conrad House, Barnabas Court North, Barnabas Court South, and the St. Barnabas Chapel and Education Center. The Community is located on the banks of Lake Erie, surrounded by scenic, natural beauty.
OCEANA BALL / THE BALL HOME
Miss Oceana Ball was the last surviving child of Gideon J. Ball, Civil War Major and prominent local politician. Until her death in 1933, she owned and operated the Ball Home located on 61 East 6th Street. The Ball Home provided shelter for 15 to 18 women at one time. Upon her death the home and her estate was bequeathed to the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul to continue her mission of providing residential living for elderly women. In the early 1970's the Ball Home was sold and a trust fund was established which was used as collateral to build the original Ball Pavilion which opened November 29, 1977.
ST. BARNABAS HOUSE-BY-THE-LAKE
In 1915, the Brothers of St. Barnabas and the Episcopal order of priests in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania were given lakefront property outside North East, Pennsylvania. They built a summer home and retreat for the Brothers and began their outreach in Erie County. Over the years, hundreds of men and boys were care for at the home. It was supported entirely by good will offerings and endowments. The dedicated leaders were Brother Willard Gilpin and Brother David Nash. In 1977, St. Barnabas House closed its doors when state regulations prevented compliance due to financial costs. The remaining 21 residents of the home became the first residents of Ball Pavilion at Brevillier Village, which began operations in November of that same year.
THE BREVILLIER FAMILY AND MANSION
Frederick A. Brevillier was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1866. His family lineage can be traced back to the French Hugenot origin. Family founders were refugees who fled to Germany to escape persecutions brought on by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
Mr. Brevillier began his business associated with C.M. Conrad when the firm was absorbed by the Erie Brewing Company about 1900. He met his wife, Katherine Conrad, who was the daughter of the owner of Erie Brewing Company. He was elected secretary and later vice president and treasurer when the Bank of Erie Trust Company was organized in 1918. Mr. Brevilllier died in 1944 and Katherine in 1960. The Brevilliers had no children or heirs.
In the 1930's the Brevilliers began building the two story mansion that still stands in Brevillier Village today. Originally it was built as a summer home, but soon became Mrs. Brevillier's permanent home. Upon her death, Katherine Brevillier willed the mansion, property and trust to the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul that it be used for "religious, charitable, educational, and such other similar purpose or purposed for the elderly."
FRAULEIN MARGARET ELIZABETH BRUDSCHE & THE PUSSY WILLOW TEA ROOM
Fraulein Brudsche was a close, personal friend to Mrs. Frederick Brevillier (Katherine Conrad). Fraulein Margaret Brudsche was married to Oscar A. Brudsche. He was a bookkeeper at Buffalo & Lake Erie Traction Company. Fraulein was a companion to Mrs. Brevillier and in return was given a small cottage on the Brevillier Village property, which she renovated and operated as the well known Pussy Willow Tea Room. The food and recipes were loved in the Erie Community. The Pussy Willow closed in 1974 and the landmark was demolished in late 1975 to prepare for the construction of Ball Pavilion, which was scheduled to open November 29. 1977.