222, Mary Steet, City of Waterloo, Ontario, N2J, Canada
222 Mary Street
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Richber House is located at 222 Mary Street, on the east side of the street between John and Union Streets East, in the City of Waterloo. This one-and-a-half-storey building was designed in the Ontario vernacular in 1859.
This property was designated, for its historic and architectural value, by the City of Waterloo, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 86-158).
The Richber House was originally owned by Peter Schavio, a labourer who purchased the land from John Hoffman, a prosperous Berlin furniture maker. The house was subsequently owned by the Richber family.
The Richber House is an attractive board and batten structure. It is a rare example of its type, in the City of Waterloo. The home provides an interesting comparison to the Nixon House located at 81 Norman Street. Both are board and batten construction, one-and-a-half storeys high, with prominent window trim.
The Richber House is of a simple design, with individually moulded battens topped by capitals which are connected by arches. The medium pitched roof features a front gable with returned eaves and supporting capitals. The façade displays two over two paned windows which are asymmetrically placed. The front entrance portico, consisting of a simple entablature supported by two Doric columns, has been enclosed. A one-storey sympathetic addition has been constructed to the rear of the house.
Sources: City of Waterloo By-law 86-158; Margaret Yasuko Ishii and P.J. Stokes, University of Waterloo School of Architecture, 1980.
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Richber House include its:
- rarity as an example of early vernacular, board and batten construction
- contrast with 81 Norman Street
- individually moulded battens topped with capitals connected by arches
- medium pitched roof
- front gable with return eaves and supporting capitals
- front entrance portico with simple entablature and Doric columns
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
1986/01/01 to 1986/01/01
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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