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The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Identification

The Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff Springs Hotel, Banff Springs Hotel Central Addition
126824

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
masonry
applied masonry
dark brown
neo-gothic

Usages

hotel

Facts

  • Largest hotel with number of rooms west of Toronto.
  • Original room rates were $3.50 per night.
  • In 1903 the west wing of the original structure was duplicated with a one-storey wooden bridge connecting the two buildings.
  • In 1904, the building was expanded again with a tower on the end of each wing.
  • Walter Painter was the chief designer for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and was the architect of the central tower of the hotel.
  • A 100 room Tudor annex was built at the end of the 1925 season to accommodate regular guests while the south wing was being replaced.
  • The north wing was burned down before the 1926 season and reconstructed during the summer.
  • The building is clad in Rundle Rock quarried at nearby Mount Rundle on the Spray River.
  • During the winter of 1926/27 the wooden south wing was torn down and reconstructed with a rock-faced, fireproof structure.
  • The Sites and Monuments Board of Canada declared the hotel a historical site on March 22, 1992.
  • Construction of the original four-storey wooden structure began in the spring of 1887 and the Hotel was ready to open by early summer 1888.

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Location

405 Spray Avenue
T1L 1J4
Banff
Alberta
Canada

Technical Data

195.21 ft
15
1885
1914
23

Involved Companies


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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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