Fortune Warden Cabin
Chalet des gardes Fortune
Links and documents
1941/01/01 to 1953/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Located on the Spray River, next to an unpaved fire road, encircled by mountains, the Fortune Warden Cabin is a small, simple, gable-roofed, one-room log structure. It is painted red-brown with white windows and trim. The off-centered main entrance door is tucked away under the gabled porch roof. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Fortune Warden Cabin is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Fortune Warden Cabin is a useful example of the transportation and communications network within park boundaries. The cabin is one of a network of cabins built to house wardens patrolling the park on horseback in the summer or on snowshoes or skis in winter.
The Fortune Warden Cabin is a very good example of utilitarian design that is rustic in character, with picturesque qualities. Its value also resides in its simple design, quality craftsmanship and the textures of its locally gathered construction materials.
The Environmental Value
The Fortune Warden Cabin sits alone in a lower sub-alpine meadow encircled by Nestor, Turbulent and Fortune mountains. The cabin is a landmark for travelers in this heavily used backcountry area. The historic relationship of the Cabin to its surrounding landscape has remained unchanged and the cabin is compatible with the present character of its mountain park setting.
Fortune Warden Cabin, Banff National Park, Banff, Alberta, Heritage Character Statement, 93-107.
The character-defining elements of the Fortune Warden Cabin should be respected.
Its utilitarian design with rustic character, quality craftsmanship and materials such as:
-its simple rectangular plan and massing, with a low-pitched roof, gabled ends and a sheltered off-centered entrance porch;
-its round log wood construction with saddle-notched corners and rough rubble-stone walls;
-its paint scheme of dark brown and white, which is a traditional feature of warden cabins.
The manner in which the Fortune Warden Cabin reinforces the present character of its mountain park setting in Banff National Park.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
James T. Childe
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection