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LUXTON RESIDENCE

206 Beaver Street, Banff, Alberta, T1L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2002/10/28

Luxton Residence, Banff, Alberta. A Municipal Historic Resource.; Town of Banff, Troy Pollock, 2002
West facade
Log Outbuilding - Luxton Residence, Banff, Alberta. A Municipal Historic Resource.; Town of Banff, Troy Pollock, 2002
West facade, Log Outbuilding
Luxton Residence, Banff, Alberta. A Municipal Historic Resource.; Town of Banff, Troy Pollock, 2002
South facade

Other Name(s)

LUXTON RESIDENCE
Eleanor Luxton Estate
Luxton House
Luxton Estate

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1906/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/01/27

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.

Heritage Value

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

Character-Defining Elements

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.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Alberta

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (AB)

Recognition Statute

Historical Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Historic Resource

Recognition Date

2002/10/28

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1907/01/01 to 1995/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Residence
Outbuilding
Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

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)

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

4664-0002

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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