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The Sonneck House Before and After

The Sonneck House, also known as Sunny corners, was built in the late 1860’s. The house was one of the very few remaining Italianate mansions of the of nineteenth century Berlin.



About The Sonneck House

Our Hope was to preserve this historical home for our Community to enjoy once more.

While you take in all the breathtaking details this property has to offer, let us also customized the perfect pampering experience, appreciating the same attention to detail. Friendly staff, Luxurious products, The Sonneck House, desires to create an impressionable visit for every guest, just as Mr. Breithaupt had hoped his home would be on every individual.

Historical Sonneck House Photo
Historical Sonneck House Photo
Historical Sonneck House Photo
Historical Sonneck House Photo
Historical Sonneck House Photo

The Sonneck House is associated with the Breithaupt family who were well respected in the community. The family’s political, social and business contributions were highly significant to the development of the City of Kitchener. Three generations of the Breithaupt family served the community as mayors of Berlin/Kitchener. They included Louis (I), 1879-80; son Louis Jacob, 1888-1889; son Jon Christian, 1896-1897; and grandson Louis O., 1923-24. Louis O. Breithaupt was also the Liberal M.P.P. for Waterloo North, 1940-53, and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, 1952-57. Sonneck is the last remaining Breithaupt family home in Kitchener, and therefore a valuable physical link to a historical family whose influence extended across the province.

The Sonneck House was designed in the Italianate style and constructed in 1874 by Louis Breithaupt for Judge Anthony LaCourse. Rumoured to have been designed by architect David Gingerich, Sonneck House is a stately mansion reflecting the Italianate style, and a monument to the success of the Breithaupt family. The original 1874 street-facing facades include a low pitched roof, detailed woodwork on projecting bay windows, decorative brackets beneath the eaves and multi-paned double hung windows. The exterior of the house was originally red-brick with buff brick window heads and corner quoins.

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