Green Gables Executive Guest House has long been admired as one of the most elegant residences in Waterloo Region. The three-story Tudor-style house resides on a 3/4-acre fir treed lot in downtown Kitchener, minutes from the Centre in the Square – home to the renowned K-W Symphony Orchestra.
From its cream stucco exterior, distinctive stone chimneys and gabled roof to its extensive gardens, the elegant 6,000-sq. ft. home presides over its tree-lined street. Inside, it boasts three marble fireplaces, 10-foot beamed ceilings, antique furnishings and hardwood floors.
The house was built at the turn of the 20th Century for Albert Augustine and Caroline Breithaupt, whose family was among the pioneers of the tanning industry in Kitchener. Subsequent owners Jerome Lang and his cousin Joseph were also connected to the tanning industry - Jerome owned Lang Tanning. Joseph was responsible for such elegant additions as wood paneled walls, and the front conservatory (originally an open verandah).
From the early 1950’s until the mid-1960’s the home was occupied by the Wintermeyer family, first Alfred and Caroline, then later their son John, who became the leader of the Ontario Liberal party.
Margaret Stacey bought Green Gables in 1982 with the intention of establishing a distinctive “home away from home” for Executives and Professionals visiting the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Careful restoration has gradually restored the home to its former elegance.
The tradition continues with Margaret's daughter Jennifer and her husband Len.