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25. Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower
South end of 300 Lookout Lane, Kitchener,
Built 1926, restored 1997-2002,
Design: William Langton, Toronto,
Visitors will be allowed rare access to the observation deck of this well-built, picturesque tower that commemorates the arrival of Pennsylvania-German settlers to Waterloo Region c.1800. Its random-coursed fieldstone construction, tapered "Swiss" copper roof, and Conestoga wagon weathervane reflect the origin and farming lifestyle of these early settlers. Its ironwork, classical portico, and handsome cornice contribute to the overall design. The tower was built, in part, as a goodwill response to anti-German sentiment that had affected local German-Canadians during the First World War