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7 Waterloo Avenue

7 Waterloo Avenue, City of Guelph, Ontario, N1H, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1989/05/01

7 Waterloo Avenue, viewed from the south.; Frank Hochstenbach
7 Waterloo Avenue
7 Waterloo Avenue, viewed from the east, looking towards Dublin Street.; Susan Ratcliffe
7 Waterloo Avenue
7 Waterloo Avenue, viewed from the south. The Church of our Lady on Catholic Hill is visible.; Susan Ratcliffe
7 Waterloo Avenue

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Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2006/06/12

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

Constructed in 1853, this two-storey stone house is located close to the original core of the city.
This building is recognized by the City of Guelph for its heritage value under By-Law (1989) – 13198.

Valeur patrimoniale

7 Waterloo Avenue is an early example of Neo-Classical stone construction in Guelph and exhibits both historic and architectural value. Originally serving as both a residence and a grocery store, it was built in 1853 for William Samuel Godwin Knowles. As one of Guelph’s earliest settlers he served as a Town Councillor for the Town of Guelph from 1852 to 1853 and as Reeve of Guelph in 1854 and was only narrowly defeated for the position of Mayor in 1855. He was also the founding first officer of the Guelph Horticultural Society and a founding council member of the Board of Trade.

Situated near downtown Guelph in a group of buildings of similar age, this house is characteristic of Guelph's early development and a part of its limestone-built heritage.

Sources: City of Guelph By-Law (1989) 13198; 'Designated Buildings and Structures of Architectural and Historic Interest in the City of Guelph, 1977-1994,' 1994, City of Guelph LACAC

Éléments caractéristiques

Key character defining elements that express the value of the house as an example of Neo-Classical stone construction in Guelph include its:
- local limestone construction with hammer-dressed squared facade and rough-
coursed side and rear walls
- simple massing and fenestration
- sparse and simple decorative features
- gabled roof with parapet end walls and chimneys

Key character defining elements that express the contextual value of the house include its:
- location near the original core of the city
- close proximity and physical relationship to buildings of similar age




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (Ont.)

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Loi sur le patrimoine de l'Ontario

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Désignation du patrimoine municipal (partie IV)

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Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires

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Commerce / Services commerciaux
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City of Guelph By-Law Number (1989) - 13198, City Clerk's Office, City of Guelph

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