208 Beaver Street, Banff, Alberta, T1L, Canada
Old Banff Post Office
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Tanglewood is a one and one-half storey wood framed cottage with a pitched roof and log siding situated on two well-treed lots in a residential area in Banff, Alberta.
The historical significance of Tanglewood lies in its representation of the late nineteenth century development of Banff. Believed to be the oldest building in Banff, it was built in 1886 at Siding 29 (the original Banff townsite) by Fred Woodworth. The building was moved to its present location sometime between 1888 and 1892, where it was used as the Banff Post Office for a number of years. Norman and Georgina Luxton purchased it in 1909 as a rental property and by 1919 had added the shed style side wing additions and log siding. Tanglewood has been home to many prominent Banff citizens including local physician Dr. Robert G. Brett who developed the Brett Sanitarium and later became Lieutenant Governor of Alberta from 1915 to 1925.
Tanglewood is a good example of the rustic character of early residential development in Banff. With its simple folk style basic homestead features, including the distinctive horizontal log siding with vertical log corner posts, that are also found on adjacent structures associated with Norman Luxton, Tanglewood is part of a grouping of buildings sometimes referred to as the Luxton Estate, that contribute to a significant historic streetscape on the 200 block of Beaver Street.
Source: Town of Banff Municipal Historic Resource Designation File 02HD02 and Town of Banff Registry of Recognized Heritage Resources File 208 Beaver Street.
The character-defining elements of Tanglewood include:
- the form, scale and massing of the residence;
- the window and door fenestration including the position, number, size and arrangement of the openings;
- the gable ends and shed style side wing additions;
- the horizontal log siding and vertical log corner posts;
- the deep setback of the structure on the well-treed lot;
- the location as part of a grouping of buildings forming an historic streetscape.
Local Governments (AB)
Historical Resources Act
Municipal Historic Resource
1909/01/01 to 1919/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Town of Banff, Planning and Development Department, Town Hall, 110 Bear Street, PO Box 1260, Banff, AB, T1L 1A1. (Municipal Historic Resource Designation File: 02HD02)
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