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Banff in Banff National Park, Alberta — Canada’s Prairie Region (North America)

An Architectural Landmark

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cmh2315fl via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), May 19, 2015
1. An Architectural Landmark Marker
Inscription.  Banff's first train station was actually located 1.5km east along the line from here. By 1888 it was deemed to be too far from the hot springs and a new log station was built at the site of today's station.

This new location for the train station was a key factor in the layout of the new townsite, with the downtown core developing between the two roadways leading from the station, Elk Street and Lynx Street.

As Banff's tourism business grew rapidly in the early 1900s, the log station was proving insufficient and it was replaced by the current building in 1910.

The new building was designed in a rustic Arts and Crafts style with fieldstone walls, stucco, heavy timbers and wood shingles. This use of rough-surfaced, natural materials would later influence both the National Park and Town of Banff's architectural guidelines.

Inside the station there were waiting rooms, a smoking room, offices and living accommodations for the station master and employees. The station boasted the best contemporary services of the early 1900s and luxurious finishes reflecting the elite and international clientele Banff attracted.

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The east wing, all 3500ft² of it, was originally used for storing the luggage of wealthy tourists who often spent months travelling across Canada by train.

Did you know? The train station used to have separate waiting rooms for men and women.

[Captions (clockwise from lower left)]
• Topographical map of Banff, 1889
• Banff's log train station built in 1888, ca. 1890-91
• A hotel bus waiting to take guests to the Banff Springs Hotel ca. 1910-14
• Station interior, looking east along the main corridor, 1945
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 51° 10.897′ N, 115° 34.565′ W. Marker is in Banff, Alberta, in Banff National Park. Marker is at the intersection of Railway Avenue and Lynx Street on Railway Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 327 Railway Ave, Banff AB T1L 1A1, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Banff Park Museum (approx. one kilometer away); John Murray Gibbon (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); The Cave and Basin (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Banff Springs Hotel (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station (approx. 3.8 kilometers away).
An Architectural Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
cmh2315fl via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), May 19, 2015
2. An Architectural Landmark Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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