748, Zeller Drive, City of Kitchener, Ontario, N2A, Canada
748 Zeller Drive
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Woolner Farmstead buildings, located at 748 Zeller Drive, are situated in the north end of the City of Kitchener on 6.47 acres off scenic Zeller drive. The original Mennonite Georgian farmhouse and outbuildings were constructed in 1830. The farmhouse addition was built circa 1858, and the barn and concrete silo were built circa 1870.
The property is designated for its heritage value by the City of Kitchener under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 98-177).
The Woolner property is characterized by a narrow laneway flanked by approximately 2,000 native trees, which include; Basswood, Ash and Sugar, Silver, and Norway Maples. This contributes to the private and tranquil environment in which the homestead is situated. The original siting of the farm buildings within the landscape of 748 Zeller Drive have remained virtually intact. Among the extant structures there is evidence of the original foundation for the smokehouse and chicken coop. The site also has high archaeological potential as indicated by a few early Native artifacts that were discovered on the property.
Woolner Farmstead was originally purchased by Peter Reesor, one of the first Pennsylvania German Mennonites to settle in Waterloo County. A subsequent owner was Abraham C. Weber, another prominent member of the Mennonite community. The property was bought by John Woolner in 1908 and, to this day, the property remains in the Woolner family. This property is believed to be the last remaining original farm located in the Natchez neighbourhood of Kitchener.
The Woolner Farmstead is a well-preserved example of the Mennonite Georgian style in its arrangement of buildings to the site. The home itself, however, has atypical features, not usually found in the Mennonite Georgian style of dwelling. The asymmetry of the Woolner home contributes to its uniqueness and richness of character.
Sources: City of Kitchener Heritage Property Report, Stephanie Barber; City of Kitchener By-law 98-177.
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Woolner Homestead include its:
- location of buildings as dispersed among the landscape
- foundation remains of the smokehouse and chicken coop
- archaeological potential
- numerous species of native trees
- continued use as a Mennonite farmstead
- asymmetrical arrangement of the windows and doors not typical of the Mennonite Georgian style
- cut fieldstone walls and voussoirs
- window openings and original windows
- ten light transoms and six part sidelights
- front doorway with wood panel door
- roof and rooflines created by the juxtaposition of the barn to the main house and its addition
- wood soffits and fascia
- yellow brick chimney
- front and rear porches
- muntin bars and sills
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Woolner Barn include its:
- original barnboard
- cut fieldstone foundations
- foundation window openings with glazing
- barn doors and malt bin
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
1908/01/01 to 1908/01/01
1870/01/01 to 1870/01/01
1998/01/01 to 1998/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Kitchener
200 King Street West
P.O. Box 1118
Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7
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