The Walper Hotel
Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog! Today we’ll be taking a look at one of Kitchener’s most iconic buildings: the Walper Hotel (or the Walper Terrace Hotel, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing). It’s stood proudly at the corner of King Street and Queen Street, right in the heart of Downtown Kitchener, for over a century. But to understand the full scope of the Walper Hotel’s story, we must go back even further.
Joseph Schneider settled in what would go on to become the Waterloo Region that we know and love in 1806; he was part of the first wave of Mennonite settlers moving north from Pennsylvania. Schneider kept quite busy, but salient to our tale is that he purchased a fair bit of land (well over 100 acres). And he leased a large parcel of this land to a man by the name of Phineas Varnum in 1820 (courtesy of Schneider’s Biographi).