CIRCA 1877 is a beacon between Waterloo’s past, present, and future. In the year 1877, twenty years after Waterloo was classified as a village, the Hoffman and Wegenast Furniture Co. was established, located on the same lands as the current 181 King Street South.
The furniture factory was known for manufacturing household furniture, coffins, caskets, shrouds, and even had a rental hearse.
When the original factory burned down around 1891, the now town of Waterloo gave the owners an interest-free loan of $3000 that they could use to rebuild. During that decade, ownership shifted to the Schaefer-Killer pair, and they were also in the furniture business.
In 1900, the company was purchased by Snyder, Roos and Co., who were part of the Canadian Furniture Manufacturers Ltd. Amalgamation.
Again in 1904, a blaze destroyed every building on site. Four years later in 1908, what we know today as 181 King Street South was rebuilt.
The next big moment came in 1984, with the opening of the Brick Brewery. Known for their Brick Tours and Laker “Buck a Beers,” this microbrewery is a proud piece of Waterloo’s culture and history. Now it’s time for history to be made in the form of a new condo development that appeals to residents, realtors, and investors alike.
Despite the many gaps in time, there is still a story here, and it’s only beginning.
When it comes to CIRCA 1877, what will your story be?