Banff Wanderings ~ The Browne Residence - 1921

The Browne Residence
124 Stray Avenue - 1921

The American hunter and wildlife artist Belmore Browne was born 1880 in New York City.  He died in 1954 and his ashes were scattered in Kananaskis Country.  In 1912, he accompanied one of the first parties to attempt Mt. McKinley in Alaska.  He came with 125 feet of the summit and established a North American climbing record.

Browne arrived in Banff in 1921 and purchased a single room log cabin on this site.  He later added a living room, a bedroom and his artist’s studio.  This served as his summer studio and home from 1921 to 1946.  Through this period he painted many illustrations for the Canadian Pacific Railway literature in exchange for transport for him and his family to the east coast.

The original log structure and Rundle rock fireplace form the core of this Lodge.  In 1947, Margaret Aldhelm White purchased the property and proceeded with numerous additions and renovations through 1955, slowly transforming the original log home into a tourist facility.  The Elkhorn Lodge is one of Banff’s oldest guest lodges still operating today.  This Lodge is a good example of the adaptation and reuse of older buildings.

This plague was produced by the Town of Banff, with assistance from Parks Canada, The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and local community members.

The Town of Banff

Could be an interesting place to stay for a couple of days ... love places like this ... old log cabin!!  Could be fun!!!