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Burkhardt House

7, Central Street, City of Waterloo, Ontario, N2L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1979/07/23

North façade of 7 Central Street depicting its Georgian and Gothic architectural influences, 2007.; Lindsay Benjamin, 2007.
Façade of 7 Central Street
Depiction of the gable roof with decorative bargeboard and Gothic window, 2007.; Linsday Benjamin, 2007.
North and East Elevations of 7 Central Street
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Other Name(s)

Burkhardt House
7 Central Street

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/01/12

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Burkhardt House, located at 7 Central Street, is situated on the south side of the street, between Dorset and King Streets, in the City of Waterloo. This one-and-a-half-storey building was designed in the Gothic and Georgian styles, and was constructed in 1849.

The building was designated, for its historic and architectural value, by the City of Waterloo, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, By-law 79-129.

Heritage Value

The Burkhardt House, is believed to have been the first Evangelical church of its kind erected in the area. It was built in 1849 by Samuel Burkholder, a Pennsylvanian native who moved to Waterloo and eventually became a prominent contractor. Burkholder did not reveal that the structure was intended to be used as a church until all four walls were completed. It was at this time that he proposed to the local Evangelical congregation that, if they would complete the building, he would grant them free use of it for their divine worship. When the construction was completed and the interior had been appropriately furnished, the building became home to the congregation.

The building is architecturally unique as it is a combination of Gothic and Georgian styles. It was originally constructed in the Georgian style, which is evident due to the central doorway with a transom and sidelights, and the two small windows at the attic level. However, Gothic elements such as the gable above the entrance, with its decorative bargeboard, and Gothic window were added, in 1870, when the structure was converted into a residence.

Sources: City of Waterloo By-law 79-129; Designated Landmarks-City of Waterloo, LACAC, 1995.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Burkhardt House include its:
- unique combination of Gothic and Georgian styles
- gable roof above the front entrance with decorative bargeboard and Gothic window
- central doorway with transom and side lights
- two small windows at the attic level, reminiscent of the Georgian style
- 6 over 6 windows
- return eaves
- cedar shingled roof




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1979/01/01 to 1979/01/01
1870/01/01 to 1870/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Religious Facility or Place of Worship

Architect / Designer



Samuel Burkholder

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Waterloo 100 Regina Street South Waterloo, ON, N2J 4A8

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