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Hoffman House

2044 Washington Street, Rossland, British Columbia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2000/06/26

2044 Washington Street; City of Rossland, 2009
Hoffman House on left, 2009
2044 Washington Street; Rossland Museum
Hoffman House, 1905
2044 Washington Street; Rossland Museum
Hoffman House, c.1911

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2015/08/21

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Hoffman House is located at 2044 Washington Street in Rossland, British Columbia. It is a wood-framed, flat-roofed, three-storey building with a full 30' street frontage. The historic place includes the building on its footprint.

Heritage Value

The Hoffman House is valued because it is part of the original streetscape of downtown Rossland that dates back to 1896. The Washington Street buildings escaped the horrific fires of 1902, 1927 and 1929 that destroyed so many of the early commercial buildings in other parts of the downtown.

The presence of the Hoffman House today is a visual reminder that hotels were the most prevalent type of building in the downtown Rossland during the boom years of the gold mining era. There were over 40 hotels in Rossland in 1900 and the Hoffman House is representative of the larger hotels in town, having had more than 30 rooms. It had the required kitchen and dining room facilities and met the fire regulations and thus received hotel status in the eyes of the local licensing authorities. The Hoffman House bar-room was a popular spot for entertainment and socializing for locals and visitors.

The Hoffman House exemplifies the common characteristic history of many of Rossland's downtown buildings in that the usage of this building has changed many times over the years since it was built. Amongst the most noteworthy changes in usage was the creation of a hardware store in 1934 when the Hoffman House and its neighbor, the Collins Hotel, were purchased and became one business entity on the main floor of both buildings. The hardware business continued into the 1990s, but under three different ownerships. Apartments in both buildings replaced the original hotel bedrooms on the second and third floors.

Improvements to the front of the Hoffman House in 2007 replicated historical elements of the original façade, adding to the visual appeal of Washington Street and supporting efforts to maintain the historic ambiance of Rossland's downtown.

Source: City of Rossland, Heritage Commission

Character-Defining Elements

Key character-defining elements of the Hoffman House include:

- Location in the historic downtown area
- Original clapboard siding
- Balconies on second and third floors, as in the original façade
- Wooden canopy formed by second floor balcony - an original feature of the Hoffman House - that extends to the curb and is supported by wooden pillars
- Plaque on building frontage identifying the Hoffman House as one of Rossland's significant heritage buildings



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1990/01/01 to 1990/01/01
2007/01/01 to 2007/01/01
1934/01/01 to 1934/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Building Social and Community Life
Community Organizations

Function - Category and Type



Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn
Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Rossland, Heritage Commission

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