20 Menno Street
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The McLaughlin House is located at 20 Menno Street, on the east side of the street, between Erb and Dawson Streets, in the City of Waterloo. This two-storey wooden building was designed in the Georgian style and was constructed in 1867.
The building was designated, for its architectural value, by the City of Waterloo, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 81-165).
Menno Street is one of Waterloo's most important historical streetscapes, as it exhibits an interesting juxtaposition of the architecture and materials, of the 19th century.
The McLaughlin House was built in 1867 by Conrad Fenner, who was a local carpenter and the Deputy Fire Chief. Fenner was a talented joiner, which gave him the skills necessary to enlarge his home, from one-and-a-half to two-storeys, in 1886.
The McLaughlin House is a rare example of a wood frame structure in Waterloo for this time period. Brick houses were more common, due to the enactment of fire regulations which restricted the building of wooden structures.
The McLaughlin House was originally constructed as a one-and-a-half storey, Georgian style structure, with a centre hall and three bays. In its current state, the home has a full second storey that features three windows on the front façade to match the original window placement below. The house stands on a granite fieldstone foundation. Its entrance is highlighted by a classical pediment, tympanum and fluted half columns. The house also features a cornice with decorative brackets.
Sources: City of Waterloo By-Law 81-165; Designation Proposal from the Waterloo LACAC, 1980; City of Waterloo Designated Properties, LACAC, 1995.
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the McLaughlin House include its:
- two-storey construction
- original wooden construction
- well preserved north and south elevations
- original plan
- triangular pediment with fluted half columns and tympanum
- cornice and decorative brackets
- three bay façade
- balanced fenestration and shutters
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
1981/01/01 to 1981/01/01
1886/01/01 to 1886/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Waterloo
100 Regina Street South
Waterloo, ON N2J 4A8
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