Castle in the Rockies
Originally built of wood, the iconic Banff Springs Hotel was devastated by fire in 1926. New north and south wings rose from the ashes in 1928, constructed using the latest in reinforced concrete technology.
The opulent interior featured a marble fountain, oak-panelled walls, and flagstone floors, while the outside was clad in local Rundle limestone.
One of Canada’s earliest grand railway hotels, it was built in what became known as the Chateauesque architectural style. Today, it is known as the Fairmont Banff Springs.
Pipers and dancers gather for a Highland festival at Banff Springs Hotel in 1928.
View from the west shows demolition and excavation of the outer swimming pool and rampart wall in 1928.
A National Historic Site, the Banff Springs Hotel is one of Canada’s most iconic landmarks. Constructed by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, it has undergone several structural changes over the years, including a major overhaul completed in 1928.