Doors Open Ontario

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Polocorp (former J.M. Schneider Home) Doors Open Waterloo Region

Polocorp (former J.M. Schneider Home)

Originally known as Buena Vista, this large two-storey red brick Italianate-style residence was “modernized” with Queen Anne features around 1900. Built for insurance broker J.M. Staebler, and subsequently acquired by the J.M. Schneider family, the home and original coach house contain much of the original woodwork, leaded and stained glass, decorative plasterwork, and an elaborate fireplace and mirrored mantelpiece.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

379 Queen Street South
Kitchener, Ontario


Year built: 1878; addition 2001
Architect: Robert J. Dyck (2001)
Architectural style: Italianate

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Polocorp (former J.M. Schneider Home) 379 Queen Street South