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First Mennonite Church and Cemetery

First Mennonite Church and Cemetery

Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. As we continue our exploration of the Heritage Properties scattered throughout Kitchener and Waterloo (particularly around the Downtown and Uptown cores), we find ourselves at a rather significant site today. It’s significant for several reasons, but to highlight one in particular: it’s the oldest entry on our list. Today’s Heritage Property is the First Mennonite Church Cemetery in Kitchener (and the adjacent First Mennonite Church), located at 800 King Street East, near Downtown Kitchener.

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The Erb-Kumpf House

The Erb-Kumpf House

Greetings, and welcome to another edition of the latest WRX Property series – the Heritage Properties of Kitchener-Waterloo! Today, we’ll be covering a rather distinctive residential property in the City of Waterloo. What’s distinctive about it? Well, a few things, each of which will be elaborated upon over the course of this article. But here’s one: it’s probably the oldest house still standing in all of Waterloo.
 
The name of today’s property is the Erb-Kumpf House. It’s located at 172 King Street South, right near the heart of Uptown Waterloo, and not far from Waterloo’s border with Kitchener. Before we dive in, it’s worth noting the interesting detail that this area was where settlement in Waterloo really got started, and today it’s one of the best areas to call home. Some things change, while some remain the same!

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The Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House

The Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House

Can buildings tell tales? Can tall buildings tell tall tales? Do the walls have eyes? It’s hard to say, but if you’ll allow us, we’d like to take you on a journey back in time, to an earlier part of Kitchener-Waterloo’s history. Perhaps buildings can’t tell their own tales, but that doesn’t mean we can’t.
 
For today’s Heritage Property, we’ll be looking at a very fascinating building indeed: the Waterloo County Gaol. So get comfortable, dim the lights, and prepare yourself for another entry in the Kitchener Heritage Properties Files. Today’s subject is: the Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House.

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Jacob Y. Shantz Residence(s)

Jacob Y. Shantz Residence(s)

Greetings! Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. Today, we’ll be flipping through the annals of Kitchener’s history once more. And again, we’ll be in the environs of downtown Kitchener. Somewhat distinctly, today we’ll be looking at not one residential property, but two! If you love history, you’ve got an interest in Kitchener, or you’re filled with joy every time you see a two-for-one deal – then read on!
 

Where We’re Looking

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The Tilts Farm

The Tilts Farm

Hello, and welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. The theme for this week is: Heritage Properties! Both Kitchener and Waterloo have their fair share of historic buildings, both commercial and residential. Some of those are hotels, some are homes, and some are farms.

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Sims Estate

Sims Estate

Greetings! Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. Over the past few days, we’ve been looking at some of the fascinating, historic properties that can be found here in Kitchener-Waterloo. Due in no small part to the fact that, like most cities, both Waterloo and Kitchener’s earliest population centres were the in the Uptown and Downtown areas, most of the properties we’ve discussed have been, well, in the Uptown and Downtown areas.

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The Christmas House

The Christmas House

Greetings! Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be embarking on a special project. As you may know, Kitchener-Waterloo has quite a few designated Heritage Sites and Heritage Properties – particularly in and around the Downtown and Uptown areas. We will be investigating some of these historic homes and properties, and sharing our findings with you!
 
There’s a fair bit of variety amongst these Heritage Sites and Properties, but today’s home bears a special distinction, and it is this special distinction that earns it the honour of ‘First Article’ in this brand new series. What is its special distinction? Why, it’s the Christmas House!

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The Waterloo Hotel

The Waterloo Hotel

Greetings, and welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog! As we continue our exploration of this fine region’s history, today we find ourselves once more in the unparalleled Uptown area of the wondrous City of Waterloo. Specifically, we’ll be looking at the historic Waterloo Hotel. And don’t worry – no reservations needed for this little tour!
 

Rooms with a View: Location

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The Preston Springs Hotel in Cambridge

Stinky Water

Well below ground level was a mineral-rich sulphur spring. Now, for those of you who weren’t alive in the nineteenth-century, mineral springs were highly-sought after. Physicians across North America vouched for their healing capacities (mend everything from injury to disease!), and they became popular places for social gatherings (not unlike the Roman baths of the even more distant past). So the discovery of sulphur springs in Preston was a major boon to the small, new settlement.

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