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King St. W. 0001 (Hotel - red brick - 5 storey - Walper Hotel)     <font size="2" color="blue">Designated  </font> Kitchener 

King St. W. 0001 (Hotel - red brick - 5 storey - Walper Hotel) Designated Kitchener

1893 - still standing

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  • Nickname 
    Purpose  1833  1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gaukel Hotel 
    • Fredrick Gaukel purchased the property in 1833 and expanded the hotel/trading post previously built by Phineas Varnum.
    Purpose  Bef 1833  1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Trading Post and Hotel 
    Purpose  Bef 1892  1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Commericial Hotel 
    • Destroyed by fire in 1892. Operated by John Roat.
    Birth  constructed 1893  1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Unknown 
    Alt Address  Walper Hotel, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Designated Historical Building  1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Purpose  1893  1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Walper Hotel 
    • Constructed 1893 - standing 2012
    Insurance Map  1925  1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    showing breakdown of addresses contained within Walper Hotel 
    Insurance map 1925
    Insurance map 1925
    Note multiple addresses contained within Walper Hotel
    Parcel Information  Y  [1
    • Address 1 KING ST W,
      CITY OF KITCHENER Property Code Category COMMERCIAL Survey Description PLAN 381 PT LOT 1 Acres 0.472558 Roll Number 301205000100200 Teranet PIN 224270076

      Address 5 KING ST W,
      CITY OF KITCHENER Property Code Category COMMERCIAL Survey Description PLAN 381 PT LOT 1 Acres 0.472558 Roll Number 301205000100200 Teranet PIN 224270076

      Address 7 KING ST W,
      CITY OF KITCHENER Property Code Category COMMERCIAL Survey Description PLAN 381 PT LOT 1 Acres 0.472558 Roll Number 301205000100200 Teranet PIN 224270076

      Address 11 KING ST W,
      CITY OF KITCHENER Property Code Category COMMERCIAL Survey Description PLAN 381 PT LOT 1 Acres 0.472558 Roll Number 301205000100200 Teranet PIN 224270076

      Address 9 KING ST W,
      CITY OF KITCHENER Property Code Category COMMERCIAL Survey Description PLAN 381 PT LOT 1 Acres 0.472558 Roll Number 301205000100200 Teranet PIN 224270076

      Address 3 KING ST W,
      CITY OF KITCHENER Property Code Category COMMERCIAL Survey Description PLAN 381 PT LOT 1 Acres 0.472558 Roll Number 301205000100200 Teranet PIN 224270076

      Address 18 QUEEN ST S,
      CITY OF KITCHENER Property Code Category COMMERCIAL Survey Description PLAN 381 PT LOT 1 Acres 0.472558 Roll Number 301205000100200 Teranet PIN 224270076

      Address 15 KING ST W,
      CITY OF KITCHENER Property Code Category COMMERCIAL Survey Description PLAN 381 PT LOT 1 Acres 0.472558 Roll Number 301205000100200 Teranet PIN 224270076
    Purpose  1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Great Western Hotel 
    • Operated by James Potter.
    Died  still standing 
    Person ID  I492  Buildings and Organizations
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2012 

  • Photos
    1 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario
    1 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario
    image Darryl Bonk 2012

  • Notes 
    • 1 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario   



      Roat's Commericial Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1892. It was a white framed building and stood on the northwest corner of King and Queen Streets, first built by Fred Gaukel in 1835. That corner has been a hotel site ever since the days of Phineas Varnum. After the destruction of the landmark, Abel Walper of Zurich, Ont., bought the site for a large red-brick hotel.  Before he began operations, he offered to sell the town a triangular strip, with a fourteen foot base in King Street, to straighten the job at the intersection of King and Queen Streets, for $500.

      The council accepted his offer but there was so much public criticism of the price that the plan was dropped. Two generations have since worn out shoe leather going around the corner. Mr. Walper completed his hotel in 1893 and named it the Walper House. At first the big hotel was managed by his son, C. H. (Currie) Walper. Long afterward if was purchased by Joseph Zuber and by him enlarged.1a

      1a
      A History of Kitchener,  W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937


  • Sources 
    1. [S15] GIS - Region of Waterloo Locator GIS Locator.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsPurpose - Gaukel Hotel - 1833 - 1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPurpose - Trading Post and Hotel - Bef 1833 - 1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPurpose - Commericial Hotel - Bef 1892 - 1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - constructed 1893 - 1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Address - - Walper Hotel, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDesignated Historical Building - - 1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPurpose - Walper Hotel - 1893 - 1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInsurance Map - showing breakdown of addresses contained within Walper Hotel - 1925 - 1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPurpose - Great Western Hotel - - 1 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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