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The intent of Municipal Historic Resource designation is to recognize the significance of a historic resource, protect it legally, and support the maintenance of its character-defining elements in perpetuity.

On September 26, 2016, council passed a notice of intention to designate the following as Municipal Historic Resources. A bylaw will be presented to council for review prior to designation.

Bow River BridgeBow River Bridge
The Bow River Bridge is a steel-reinforced stone and concrete bridge extending from Banff Avenue to the south side of the Bow River. As per the Banff Heritage Corporation, the Bow River Bridge is valuable and worthy of conservation due to its architectural style, its aesthetic value, and its status as a national icon and area landmark.

Details about the Notice of Intention to Designate the Bow River Bridge (PDF)

The designation bylaw and report are currently being drafted and reviewed. The next report will include information on:
  • Public feedback received to date
  • Future transportation planning
  • Structural and non-structural maintenance planning
  • Financial implications and request for funding from the Heritage Reserve Fund

SubstationBanff Power Substation – 606 Buffalo Street
The Banff Substation at 606 Buffalo Street is a decorative former utility building built in 1905 adjacent to the Old Banff Cemetery. Originally used as a substation bringing power to Banff from Bankhead, the building remains in its original location and represents both cultural and architectural value to the local community. Its architectural value derives from its design a rare example of Italianate Architecture in Alberta, whereas its cultural value is associated with Banff’s only brickyard and the electrification of Banff.

Details about the Notice of Intention to Designate the Banff Power Substation (PDF)

The designation bylaw and report are currently being drafted and reviewed. The next report will include information on:
  • Public feedback received to date
  • Proposed maintenance plan timelines
  • Financial implications and request for funding from the Heritage Reserve Fund
  • Formal integration of the site with the adjacent Old Banff Cemetery

Whyte ResidenceWhyte Residence – 130 Bow Avenue
The Peter and Catharine Whyte Residence merits designation as a Municipal Historic Resource for its representative Rocky Mountain folk design and its excellence in craftsmanship, as well as its association with Peter and Catharine Robb Whyte. The property further evokes Banff’s changing landscape as well as residents’ daily needs over the course of the 20th century.

Details about the Notice of Intention to Designate the Peter and Catharine Whyte Residence (PDF)

The designation bylaw and report are currently being drafted and reviewed. The next report will include information on:
  • Public feedback received to date
  • Value of the Whyte Residence as Municipal Historic Resource
  • Proposed legal protection for the property
  • Impact on the Banff Heritage Reserve Fund 

Old Banff CemeteryOld Banff Cemetery – 604 Buffalo Street
The Old Banff Cemetery merits Municipal Historic Resource Designation due to its cultural value attributed to its relationship to Banff’s founding pioneers and for the cemetery’s design in a unique oval-and-cross layout. Unlike many resources, the Old Banff Cemetery is unique in its ability to yield information about Banff’s early families and as a site where cultural heritage (in the form of active burials and religious ceremonies) continues to be practised.

Details about the Notice of Intention to Designate the Old Banff Cemetery (PDF)

The designation bylaw and report are currently being drafted and reviewed. The next report will include information on:
  • Public feedback received to date
  • Review of proposed maintenance 
  • Value of the Old Banff Cemetery as Municipal Historic Resource
  • Proposed legal protection for the property
  • Impact on the Banff Heritage Reserve Fund 

Contact:
If you have any questions or would like to give feedback on any of these proposals, contact Jennifer Laforest at 403.762.1216 or .