A very unique property located in the Victoria Park Heritage Conservation District is the Nelson Terrace. The row houses are of distinctive architectural heritage, located on Courtland Avenue East between Benton Street and Queen Street in Kitchener.
This nine-unit buff-brick walk-up row house was built in 1889 by Martin Nelson. The row houses were built to accommodate the female workers from the nearby factory (Forsyth Shirt Factory which later became Arrow Shirts, and has now been converted to the Arrow Lofts). Further to this ‘story’, is that young women were recruited from rural areas to work in the factory and in order to appease their parents, a chaperone was located in each unit, with meals being served at the Forsyth Shirt Factory cafeteria.
The units are now free-hold townhouses with each unit being individually owned. Some units have retained their original layout, where others have been duplexed over the years which is easily observed by the egress stairs situated at the back of the building. Several units have been renovated back to single family dwellings with features such as exposed brick walls.
Exterior architectural features include three storey units with the lower level being a raised basement, two storey staircases and original stained glass transoms above the main front door entrance on some units (showing the original unit numbers).