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Langham Cultural Centre

447 A Avenue, Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1977/06/30

447 A Avenue, Kaslo - Langham; Village of Kaslo, 2012
front view, 2012
447 A Avenue, Kaslo - Langham Cultural Centre; Village of Kaslo, 2012
front view, archival image
447 A Avenue, Kaslo - Langham; Village of Kaslo, 2012
side view, 2012

Other Name(s)

Langham Cultural Centre
Langham Hotel
The Langham
Langham Cultural Society

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Construction Date(s)

1896/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2012/08/31

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Langham Cultural Centre is a three-story Victorian style wooden building with ten dormer windows located on a corner lot on the major thoroughfare of downtown Kaslo, British Columbia.

Heritage Value

The value of this historic place lies in the continuous and integral role it has played in the cultural and social development of the community. The building has continuously evolved to meet the needs of the community, originally as a boarding house, then as a bank, a bottling works, and a lumber office, among other uses. Currently it is a cultural centre and museum.

This historic place is valued because it is the only hotel erected during the mining boom and bust era in Kaslo that still exists in its original form. It exemplifies the Victorian style of architecture at the time of its construction in 1896.

The Langham Cultural Centre stands as a monument to the Japanese Canadian internment that occurred between 1942 and 1946 in Kaslo. The Japanese Canadian Museum, located in the building, illustrates the significant social impact of the internment on the Village of Kaslo, the Kootenays and the Japanese Canadian (Nikkei) community during that time.

The Langham Cultural Centre also symbolizes the important historical and cultural values prevalent in Kaslo. In the early 1970s it was scheduled to be demolished, but a group of local citizens formed the Langham Cultural Society and restored the building. Today, the Langham Cultural Centre is also valued as a multimedia outlet for artists and performers.

Source: Village of Kaslo

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Langham Cultural Centre include:
-all historic materials dating to the time of construction, such as the original stained glass windows on the front and rear of building, the original central staircase, and the original interior door and window trim throughout the building
-all elements of the Victorian style of architecture, such as the ten dormer windows, the parapet front, rooftop cornice and gable-end detail
-three-story scale and massing
-presence of the Japanese Canadian Museum focusing on the Nikkei internees, including the room dedicated to the Konno family, a sleeping room replicating its condition circa 1941
-continuing display of documentation about the redress agreement that was signed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and National Association of Japanese Canadians president Art Miki on September 22, 1988
-use as a cultural centre

Recognition

Jurisdiction

British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Province of British Columbia

Recognition Statute

Heritage Conservation Act, s.9, s.13(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Provincial Heritage Site (Designated)

Recognition Date

1977/06/30

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1970/01/01 to 1979/01/01
1942/01/01 to 1946/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Learning and the Arts
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Commerce / Commercial Services
Studio
Education
Special or Training School
Leisure
Exhibition Centre
Leisure
Historic or Interpretive Site

Historic

Commerce / Commercial Services
Bank or Stock Exchange
Commerce / Commercial Services
Eating or Drinking Establishment
Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn
Industry
Food and Beverage Manufacturing Facility
Residence
Multiple Dwelling

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

Chas. J. Kapps

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Village of Kaslo Office

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

DlQf-5

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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