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John B. Snyder House

24, Queensway Drive, Township of Woolwich, Ontario, N0B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1992/05/12

Featured is the Italianate wing of the house.; Kayla Jonas, 2007.
Façade, John B. Snyder House, 2007
Featured is the Gothic Revival wing of the house, with central gable and lancet window.; Kayla Jonas, 2007.
North Wing , John B. Snyder House, 2007
Of note are the white-brick corner quoins and raised drip moulds.; Kayla Jonas, 2007.
South Elevation, John B. Snyder House, 2007

Other Name(s)

John B. Snyder House
24 Queensway Drive
24 Queen Street South

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/03/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The John B. Snyder House is located at 24 Queensway Drive, on the southwest corner of Queensway Drive and Albert Street West, west of King Street North, in the Village of St. Jacobs, within the Township of Woolwich. The two-and-a-half-storey red-brick residence was constructed in 1879.

The property was designated, by the Township of Woolwich, in 1992, for its architectural or historic value or interest, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 42-92).

Heritage Value

The John B. Snyder House is situated west of downtown St. Jacobs, in an area dominated by large, older homes of impressive design. The area is reminiscent of a prosperous time in the Village's history.

The John B. Snyder House was originally owned by its namesake, John B. Snyder. Snyder was born in the nearby Village of Bloomingdale, in 1832, and made considerable contributions to the Township of Woolwich in his lifetime. Those contributions include his roles as an important merchant in both Winterbourne and Conestogo, as a Reeve of Woolwich Township and as a Warden of Waterloo County.

The John B. Snyder House is a fine red-brick residence that was constructed in 1879 and reflects two architectural styles, Italianate and Gothic Revival. The main two-storey wing of the house, which faces onto Queensway Drive, is three-bays wide with an off-set entrance and is Italianate in design. The first-storey of the main wing is of triple-brick construction and the second-storey of double-brick construction. Characteristic of the Italianate style, the house features contrasting white-brick corner quoins, raised white-brick drip caps, and decorative roof brackets.

In contrast, the one-and-a-half-storey north wing of the house, that faces onto Albert Street West, is three-bays wide with a central entrance and is Gothic Revival in design. Typical of this style, the north wing features a central gable with a lancet window on the upper storey and a decorative bargeboard. The Italianate influence on the north wing, is reflected in the contrasting brick quoins and raised drip caps.

Sources: Township of Woolwich, By-law 42-92, 1992; Reasons for Designation, 1992.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the John B. Snyder House include its:
- red-brick construction
- three-bay composition with side door on façade
- three-bay composition with central door on north elevation
- triple-brick construction of first-storey of the main wing
- double-brick construction of second-storey of the main wing
- white-brick quoins and raised drip caps
- decorative roof brackets
- verandah, which spans the façade and the north wing elevation
- central gable with lancet window on the north wing
- decorative bargeboard on the north elevation
- situation in close proximity to downtown St. Jacobs
- situation within a neighbourhood of older houses and buildings




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1992/01/01 to 1992/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Governing Canada
Politics and Political Processes

Function - Category and Type



Multiple Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Township of Woolwich 69 Arthur Street South P.O Box 158 Elmira, Ontario N3B 2Z6

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