1867 - 1979 (~ 112 years)
||Menno St. 0020 (house, 2 storey, Victorian, "Fenner - McLaughlin House") Waterloo |
||Fenner - McLaughlin House |
||20 Menno St., Waterloo, Ontario
||27 May 2012 |
|Born - constructed 1867 - 20 Menno St., Waterloo, Ontario
- The McLaughlin House was built by local carpenter and Deputy Fire Chief Conrad Fenner in 1867.
Frame houses of this age are relatively rare in local urban settings since brick houses were encouraged by the enactment of fire regulations restricting wooden construction. The three-bay home, which stands on a foundation of granite fieldstone, has a central hall and balanced fenestration. The entrance is highlighted by a classical pediment, tympanum and fluted half columns which frame the paneled front door. The plank construction of the house is evident in the attic. Fenner, a talented joiner, enlarged the building from one-and-a-half to two-stories in 1886. Evidence of the change may be seen in the diagonal cuts on each of the four vertical corner trim pieces where they were spliced to accommodate the second storey. Vertical boards, two inches by twenty one inches are nailed to the horizontal ones. Siding covers the planks on the exterior, while lath and plaster does the same on the interior.
The west, north and south facades of the McLaughlin house, was designated as a well preserved example of wooden construction.1a
1aDesignated Properties www. waterloo.ca