Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Open Doors Waterloo Region – Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House

The Waterloo County Gaol (jail) and Governor’s House are a real treasure for Waterloo County. Beautiful architecture preserved for everyone to enjoy!

Both of these buildings – the oldest Waterloo County structures in existence – were saved from an uncertain fate by community action. The exteriors are designated and the interiors are excellent examples of adaptive reuse. The stone gaol houses provincial courtrooms. The brick Victorian Governor’s House is used for court offices and public meetings. (from the Doors Open Ontario Waterloo Region Website.)

Waterloo County Governor's House

Waterloo County Governor’s House

Waterloo County Governor's House Spiral Staircase

Waterloo County Governor’s House Spiral Staircase

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House Courtyard

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House Courtyard

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House Sun Dial

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House Sun Dial

Waterloo County Gaol

Waterloo County Gaol

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor’s House

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7 responses

  1. What beautiful buildings they are! Thank goodness they have been saved, not knocked over.

    October 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm

  2. Superb images Neil!

    October 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  3. What a wonderful set of images. The view up that staircase is mesmerising, and the building itself so unusual. I’m so glad it is being preserved.

    October 4, 2014 at 6:59 am

  4. Wonderful interpretation of the “spiral staircase composition”! Nice photos all around, Neil.

    October 10, 2014 at 8:52 am

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