Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's Housein-person Doors Open Waterloo Region

  • In-person
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House

Explore Waterloo Region’s oldest buildings — the 1852-53 Gaol (jail) and the 1878 Governor’s House — and learn how community action saved them from demolition. By combining designation with adaptive reuse, the granite Gaol houses Provincial Offences courtrooms. And the Governor’s House (jail warden’s home) contains legal offices. Questions? The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) North Waterloo Branch will be on-hand.

Contact info

73-77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
E-mail: jhaalboom@sympatico.ca


Year built: 1852-53 (Gaol), 1878 (Governor’s House)
Building type:CourthouseHistorical house
Architect: Mellish & Russell, Brantford (Gaol); D.W. Gingerich, Waterloo (Governor's House)
Architectural style:Classical revivalItalianate

Dates/hours open

Sep 21, 10:00am - Sep 21, 04:00pm

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.