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A Birds Eye View

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 22 January 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Banff Springs Hotel is a luxury hotel that was built during the 19th century as one of Canada's grand railway hotels, being constructed in Scottish Baronial style and located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The hotel was opened to the public on June 1, 1888.

The original building was quite different from the present Banff Springs structure. Variously termed a "Tudor hall" or a "Swiss chalet", the Price building was clad in shingles with stone accents, and featured a profusion of dormers, turrets, and roof lines. The 1888 structure cost $250,000 and a mistake made by the builder changed the intended orientation of the building, turning its back on the mountain vista. This building included more than 100 bedrooms, centered on a five-story, octagonal rotunda. An addition in 1902 expanded and renovated the building, adding more than 200 rooms. Further additions followed.

By 1906, plans were advanced for a complete overhaul of the Banff Springs Hotel building, proposing a replacement of much of the original structure. Walter Painter, chief architect for Canadian Pacific Railway, designed an eleven-storey central tower in concrete and stone, flanked by two wings. This time correctly oriented to the dramatic view, the so-called "Painter Tower" was completed in 1914 at a cost of $2 million with 300 guest rooms and, for some time, became the tallest building in Canada. Construction of new wings was delayed by World War I and the surviving Price wings continued in service.

Further renovations were designed by architect, J. W. Orrock, who continued in the style originated by Painter, greatly expanded the Painter Tower, altering its roof line, and adding his own massive additions. In 1926, while work was proceeding on the new wings, a fire destroyed the remainder of the original building designed by Price. The two new wings opened in 1928.

In 1968, the building was winterised and has been open year-round since that time.

PENTAX K-5 1/250 second F/9.0 ISO 1600 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Devi from Chennai, India

Thank you for all the history Eric:)
Looks like an architectural marvel!!!! And beautiful image ith a lovely view and angle!!

22 Jan 2014 6:15am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Terrific view of this superb building Eric

22 Jan 2014 7:37am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

It's a magnificent building and what a location for it. It's amazing how the railways transformed our countries.

22 Jan 2014 7:40am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Breathtaking view of this grand old hotel!

22 Jan 2014 8:17am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Un hôtel majestueux! Superbe vue!

22 Jan 2014 8:39am

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Magnifique bâtiment.
Jolie prise et point de vue.)

22 Jan 2014 8:54am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A fantastic view Eric and beautifully captured . Indeed a very beautiful hotel.

22 Jan 2014 9:05am

Martine Libouton from Genappe, Belgium

Superbe paysage et quel magnifique château!

22 Jan 2014 9:34am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A lot of things went on there..beautiful view you give us here!

22 Jan 2014 9:41am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Fabulous. Superb pov Eric.:-)

22 Jan 2014 12:55pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Terrific! I love it! A hug dear friend! Adela

22 Jan 2014 1:05pm

Etsu from Japan

Stunning view, Eric. Amazing birds eye shot. The hotel looks gorgeous, so I'd like to stay there sometime. Have a nice day. :)

22 Jan 2014 2:32pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellente compo 5********

22 Jan 2014 2:41pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

nice landscape

22 Jan 2014 3:37pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this picturesque and famous hotel. A fine write-up of its history too. Very well done.

22 Jan 2014 3:56pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Fantastic angle, beautiful scenery, gorgeous building from the point, wonderful shot Eric...:-)

22 Jan 2014 4:07pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel hôtel et vue plongeante fantastique compo et architecture.
Belle soirée

22 Jan 2014 4:23pm

Sam from Chennai, India

A beautiful view of this magnificent Hotel. Wonderful architecture. Nicely done, Eric! :)

22 Jan 2014 5:25pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOW! Magnificent view of this lovely hotel

22 Jan 2014 6:08pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

One of the most magnificent places for a hotel on earth, I love the old photos which show
people hiking, this photo of yours brings back the magic full strength as you seem to have
found a cherished vantage point I thought would have been long gone. 5*****'s !~

22 Jan 2014 8:04pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Terrifc compo!!!!
Lovley place.

22 Jan 2014 8:22pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful shot, Eric;

22 Jan 2014 9:02pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautiful image of this majestic building and an excellent point of view !!!

22 Jan 2014 10:58pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A magnificent view of this grand hotel. It is such a gorgeous building. Wonderful information Eric!

22 Jan 2014 11:48pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

magnificent hotel

22 Jan 2014 11:57pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Truly a beautiful "bird's eye view", Eric ... not the usual PoV for this beautiful hotel!

23 Jan 2014 1:42am

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

wow Eric, this is an amazing view !! Absolutely beautiful !! Fantastic camera work !!! 5-Stars !!

23 Jan 2014 3:36am

L'angevine from Angers, France


23 Jan 2014 8:35am

Sahand from Rasht, Iran


23 Jan 2014 9:20am

@Sahand: Thank you very much Sahand and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a completely impressive hotel with a fascinating history. A lovely shot.

23 Jan 2014 7:04pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Grand shot!!! What a delight to look and look at this structure! It is like a fantasy come true! And the setting in the middle of rough nature adds top its dreamy presence!

26 Jan 2014 6:28am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Afghanistan

A fantastic capture...and really cool info....magnificent place...thanks

30 Jan 2014 6:43am

1/250 second
ISO 1600
300 mm (35mm equiv.)