I took the photo of this gazebo in the summer of 2014. This prominent iconic octagonal gazebo in downtown Waterloo, Ontario called the TIME TELLER was built in the 1980's as a proud reminder of the rich heritage of Waterloo region in Ontario. The glass-enclosed core of the gazebo holds a display of brewery items and beer steins that represent the annual Oktoberfest held here. It also houses a clock which originally was to be powered by the steam produced by nearby Carlings Brewery and/or Seagrams Distillery which was founded in Waterloo in 1857 by Joseph E. Seagram. After changing ownership many times over the years, in 1997, the Seagram Museum, formerly the original Seagram distillery in Waterloo, was forced to close due to lack of funds. The two original barrel houses on the site are now the unique Seagram Lofts condominiums. Sadly, due to lack of steam after the distillery closed, the steam clock was never completed.
My dad, Otto Werner (1923 - 1991) who contributed to the design of the gazebo, was commissioned to design and paint a series of 24 panels that illustrated some of the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex designs featured on many of the old barns in the region. Each of these unique hex designs was incorporated into the gazebo design directly under the eaves. He also painted a different mural in each of the four dormers of the gazebo rooftop. I will upload the 24 hex designs of the TIME TELLER GAZEBO to my Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Designs Gallery to be offered as canvas and art prints - an excellent addition to your country or contemporary kitchen decor!
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