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Schiel-Patterson House

115, William, City of Waterloo, Ontario, N2L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/04/19

This photo illustrates the building's variety of window sizes and shapes, 2007.; Lindsay Benjamin, 2007.
Southeast View of 115 William Street
North façade of 115 William Street depicting the structure's Queen Anne style, 2007.; Lindsay Benjamin, 2007.
North Façade of 115 William Street
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Other Name(s)

Schiel-Patterson House
115 William Street West

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Construction Date(s)

1898/01/01 to 1989/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/11/24

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Schiel-Patterson House, located at 115 William Street West, is on the southwest corner of William Street West and Dunbar Street in the City of Waterloo. This two-storey yellow brick building was designed in the Queen Anne style and constructed in 1898. The property was designated by the City of Waterloo for its historic and architectural significance under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 93-59).

Heritage Value

The Schiel-Patterson House is an excellent example of the Queen Anne style. The wood trim along the multi-sloped roof line is elaborate and oversized, highlighting the roof's irregularity. In contrast, the wood trim along the verandah and small balcony is intricate, complex and delicate. The windows vary in shape, size, and location giving the house an asymmetrical look.

The Schiel-Patterson House was the first home to be built in the newly-opened Samuel G. Snyder survey on the west side of Waterloo. This lot was purchased by Jacob Oetzel in 1888. In 1898, Oetzel sold the land to his son-in-law, Martin Schiel, who was an employee of the Kaufman Rubber Company in Kitchener. Schiel promptly began plans to build a new home by signing a contract with local builder Charles Kreutziger. The contract contained unique clauses that reflect a local vernacular architecture. For instance, the house was designed to be like the Mitchell's home in Berlin, and the front window was to be similar to the one in Mrs. Martin's home. These clauses demonstrate the influence that local homes and families had on the architectural design of the Schiel-Patterson House.

Sources: Designated Landmarks, City of Waterloo, LACAC, 1995; Designation of Property, City of Waterloo, 1993; By-Law 93-59, City of Waterloo, 1993.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Schiel-Patterson House include:
- its position as the first house in the subdivision;
- the structures illustration of the architectural influence of local homes and families on its design;
- all four elevations, including the verandah, and the entire roof line;
- the variety of window sizes and shapes;
- the wood trim along the roof line, verandah, and balcony.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1993/01/01 to 1993/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Migration and Immigration

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



Charles Kreutziger

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Waterloo 100 Regina Street S. Waterloo ON N2J 4A8

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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