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Tarry-a-while, Schäffer-Warren Residence

117 Grizzly Street, 1911

Mary Schaffer Warren (b.1861-d.1939) was one of Banff's most notable early personalities. Born to a wealthy Pennsylvania Quaker family, she was one of the first women to experience pack train travel and to document the exploration of the Canadian Rockies at the turn of the nineteenth century. A talented artist, photographer and author she gained international recognition though both verbal and written accounts of her travels. Her book "Old Indian Trails of the Canadian Rockies" recounts her experiences with the first "non-native" group of explorers to arrive at Maligne Lake in 1907-08. It was reprinted in 1980 under the title "A Hunter of Peace" and is still available.

In 1913, her long time mountain guide and future husband William "Billy" Warren built this house for her. With its shed dormers and shingle exterior the building is indicative of this era, which witnessed Banff's growth as an international "destination" resort. Noted Banffites Colonel Philip Moore and his wife Pearl (see also 125 Lynx Street) their daughter Edmee and her husband, pharmacist Charlie Reid, later owned the house.

Tarry-a-while, Schäffer-Warren Residence


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