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Langham Cultural Centre

447 A Avenue, Kaslo, Colombie-Britannique, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1977/06/30

447 A Avenue, Kaslo - Langham; Village of Kaslo, 2012
front view, 2012
447 A Avenue, Kaslo - Langham Cultural Centre; Village of Kaslo, 2012
front view, archival image
447 A Avenue, Kaslo - Langham; Village of Kaslo, 2012
side view, 2012

Autre nom(s)

Langham Cultural Centre
Langham Hotel
The Langham
Langham Cultural Society

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2012/08/31

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Langham Cultural Centre is a three-story Victorian style wooden building with ten dormer windows located on a corner lot on the major thoroughfare of downtown Kaslo, British Columbia.

Valeur patrimoniale

The value of this historic place lies in the continuous and integral role it has played in the cultural and social development of the community. The building has continuously evolved to meet the needs of the community, originally as a boarding house, then as a bank, a bottling works, and a lumber office, among other uses. Currently it is a cultural centre and museum.

This historic place is valued because it is the only hotel erected during the mining boom and bust era in Kaslo that still exists in its original form. It exemplifies the Victorian style of architecture at the time of its construction in 1896.

The Langham Cultural Centre stands as a monument to the Japanese Canadian internment that occurred between 1942 and 1946 in Kaslo. The Japanese Canadian Museum, located in the building, illustrates the significant social impact of the internment on the Village of Kaslo, the Kootenays and the Japanese Canadian (Nikkei) community during that time.

The Langham Cultural Centre also symbolizes the important historical and cultural values prevalent in Kaslo. In the early 1970s it was scheduled to be demolished, but a group of local citizens formed the Langham Cultural Society and restored the building. Today, the Langham Cultural Centre is also valued as a multimedia outlet for artists and performers.

Source: Village of Kaslo

Éléments caractéristiques

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Langham Cultural Centre include:
-all historic materials dating to the time of construction, such as the original stained glass windows on the front and rear of building, the original central staircase, and the original interior door and window trim throughout the building
-all elements of the Victorian style of architecture, such as the ten dormer windows, the parapet front, rooftop cornice and gable-end detail
-three-story scale and massing
-presence of the Japanese Canadian Museum focusing on the Nikkei internees, including the room dedicated to the Konno family, a sleeping room replicating its condition circa 1941
-continuing display of documentation about the redress agreement that was signed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and National Association of Japanese Canadians president Art Miki on September 22, 1988
-use as a cultural centre




Autorité de reconnaissance

Province de la Colombie-Britannique

Loi habilitante

Heritage Conservation Act, art.9, art.13(1)(a)

Type de reconnaissance

Lieu patrimonial provincial (désigné)

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes

1970/01/01 à 1979/01/01
1942/01/01 à 1946/01/01

Thème - catégorie et type

Exprimer la vie intellectuelle et culturelle
Les arts et l'enseignement
Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires
Exprimer la vie intellectuelle et culturelle
L'architecture et l'aménagement
Établir une vie sociale et communautaire
L'éducation et le bien-être de la société

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Centre d'exposition
Établissement de formation spécialisée ou centre de formation
Commerce / Services commerciaux
Studio ou atelier
Site historique ou d'interprétation


Commerce / Services commerciaux
Hôtel, motel ou auberge
Centre de production d'aliments et de boissons
Commerce / Services commerciaux
Établissement de restauration ou de débit de boissons
Commerce / Services commerciaux
Banque ou bourse
Édifice à logements multiples

Architecte / Concepteur



Chas. J. Kapps

Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Village of Kaslo Office

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Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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