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43  Benton Postcard

The Original Homestead at 43 Benton Street in Kitchener….Photo Courtesy of  Denton; jublilation.uwaterloo.ca

43 Benton St. Current Apartment Building

43 Benton Street… Current Apartment Building

43 Benton Street, Kitchener….. now known as “Mackenzie King Manor”

Living in downtown Kitchener….

On an evening walk with doggie and snow flying (not the Easter weather anticipated), we strolled by 43 Benton Street (corner of Charles St. and Benton St.) where the beautiful stained glass windows were illuminated….now called, “Mackenzie King Manor”, historical value is evident.

This historical address was the birthplace for William Lyon Mackenzie King. William Lyon Mackenzie King, (December 17, 1874 – July 22, 1950), also commonly known as Mackenzie King, the dominant Canadian political leader from the 1920s through the 1940s. He served as the tenth Prime Minister of Canada from December 29, 1921 to June 28, 1926; from September 25, 1926 to August 7, 1930; and from October 23, 1935 to November 15, 1948. A Liberal with 22 years in office, he was the longest-serving Prime Minister in Canadian history. Trained in law and social work, he was keenly interested in the human condition (as a boy, his motto was “Help those that cannot help themselves”), and played a major role in laying the foundations of the Canadian welfare state.

His parents John and Isabel King rented the house at 43 Benton Street in 1872. Their first child, Isabel Christina Grace (Bella), was born there on 15 November 1873, followed by their son, William Lyon Mackenzie King, born on 17 December 1874.

The family had moved to larger quarters before August 1876.

In 1928 a Pentecostal Church was built on this famous site, designed by W.H.E. Schmalz, who also designed the Kitchener City Hall in 1924.