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Wellesley Township Hall

4805, William Hastings Line, Township of Wellesley, Ontario, N0B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1987/10/05

View of the south and west elevations depicting the rubble-stone cladding, 2007.; Lindsay Benjamin, 2007.
Northeast View of 4805 William Hastings Line
Illustration of the south and east elevations of 4805 William Hastings Line, circa 1985.; Robert Rowell, Wellesley Township LACAC, circa 1985.
Drawing of 4805 William Hastings Line
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Other Name(s)

Wellesley Township Hall
Township of Wellesley Council Chambers
4805 William Hastings Line

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/07/21

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The building at 4805 William Hastings Line, commonly known as the Wellesley Township Hall, is situated north of the intersection of William Hastings Line and Hutchison Road in the Township of Wellesley. This one-storey rubble stone clad building was designed in the Classical Revival style and was constructed in 1855.

The property was designated for its heritage value by the Township of Wellesley under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 66-87).

Heritage Value

The Wellesley Township Hall has long been recognized as one of the most historically significant buildings in the Township of Wellesley. The Hall was constructed in 1855 after 35 ratepayers petitioned the council to move the Township Hall from Hawkesville to the more centrally located Village of Crosshill in the spring of 1853. The council met in Hawkesville from the time of the Township's founding in 1852, until this building was completed in November 1855. The building has since served the area as a community hall, a place for church services by several denominations, a venue for farmers' institute meetings, as well as a council chamber. In this last function, it becomes the oldest municipal building in the Region of Waterloo still in use today.

The Wellesley Township Hall is a good example of vernacular styling, with its pediment gable and turned porch posts. It is built of rough rubble stone, with very simple detailing. In the summer of 1973, an addition was put on the back of the Hall and the original portion of the building was restored.

Sources: Township of Wellesley, By-law 66-87; Press Release, Township of Wellesley, LACAC Advisory Committee, Debby Kroetsch; Waterloo Historical Society, “Wellesley Township Hall is Restored”, Marg Rowell, Vol. 61, 1973.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Wellesley Township Hall include its:
- south façade facing Regional Road 5 with rubble stone cladding and three bays
- east elevation of the original 1855 building facing Township Road 12
- west elevation of the original 1855 building
- entire roof
- boxed cornice with return and clapboard pediment




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1973/01/01 to 1973/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Government and Institutions

Function - Category and Type


Office or office building


Town or City Hall

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Township of Wellesley Office 4639 Lobsinger Line, R.R. 1 St. Clements, Ontario N0B2M0

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