Eleanor Luxton Estate
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Luxton Residence is a one and one-half storey wood framed cottage structure with a steeply-pitched hipped roof, horizontal wood siding and Queen Anne detailing situated on two lots in a residential area of Banff, Alberta. The site is comprised of the residential building, a log outbuilding and historic garden.
The Luxton Residence is significant as the family home of Norman and Georgina Luxton and their daughter Eleanor since 1907. Norman K. Luxton was known as “Mr. Banff”, having founded many prominent Banff businesses, including the Banff Crag and Canyon newspaper, and helped organize events such as the Banff Indian Days and Banff Winter Carnival. Georgina Luxton (nee McDougall) is believed to be the first non-native child born in Alberta at Morley. Eleanor Luxton, a noted historian and writer, lived in the house until her death in 1995.
The Luxton Residence, with its steeply pitched hipped roof, decorative roof cresting and hipped roof dormers at the front and rear, horizontal wood siding, and Queen Anne detailing is a very good example of early residential cottage development in Banff. The garden, started by Georgina Luxton, was one of the first formal gardens in Banff. The log outbuilding dates from the earliest period of the site's development and exhibits the horizontal log siding and vertical log corner posts characteristic of other log buildings associated with Norman Luxton. The Luxton Residence 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 02HD01 and Town of Banff Registry of Recognized Heritage Resources File 206 Beaver Street
The character defining elements of the Luxton Residence site include:
- the form, scale and massing of the residence;
- the position, number, size and arrangement of hipped roof dormers with windows on the steeply pitched hipped roof;
- the window and door fenestration of the residence including the position, number, size and arrangement of the openings;
- the exterior horizontal wood siding and Queen Anne detailing;
- the setting of the residence near the front of the lot, the garden areas and the open yard space on the south side of the residence;
- the location, form, scale and massing of the log outbuilding;
- the window and door fenestration of the log outbuilding;
- the horizontal log siding and vertical log corner posts of the log outbuilding.
Local Governments (AB)
Historical Resources Act
Municipal Historic Resource
1907/01/01 to 1995/01/01
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: 02HD01)
Town of Banff, Planning and Development Department, Town Hall, 110 Bear Street, PO Box 1260, Banff, AB, T1L 1A1. (Town of Banff Registry of Recognized Heritage Resources File: 206 Beaver Street)
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