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Christine Leisy, widow of a wealthy Cleveland brewer, gave $4,000 to Bethel College in 1915 to build Leisy House. Her conditions for the gift were that Bethel not teach prohibition for 20 years, and that Bethel use the income from students who rented living space for the maintenance of the German department. The latter condition caused students to call the home Das Deutsche Haus. Leisy had to supplement her original gift with $750 to fully fund building costs. The Leisy family descendents continue to play a role in the life of Bethel College as board members and major donors.
Beautifully restored, the home retains its distinctive Craftsman-style features: dark pine woodwork, thick parlor doors, a wrap-around porch, and transom and stained glass windows.
Leisy House Collection (newspaper clippings, transcriptions, correspondence). Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College, North Newton, KS.