American born architect Walter Painter arrived in Canada in 1901 and from 1905 until 1916 was chief designer for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). His designs include the home at 533 Buffalo Street; the center block of the Banff Springs Hotel; the original Cave and Basin Building; the Glacier House at Rogers Pass (now demolished); the Hotel Vancouver; the Majestic Theatre in Toronto; and an extension to the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. These works have secured his reputation as a prominent 20th century architect.
In 1912, Painter opened the Rundle Rock quarry at the base of Mount Rundle on the Spray River. This quarry was responsible for making Rundle rock synonymous with the town of Banff.
Painter designed and built this home in 1913 attempting to blend it into the surrounding environment through siting, local construction materials and the preservation of mature tree growth. Stables and servant's quarters were constructed directly adjacent to Buffalo Street and subsequently redeveloped as a carriage house and garage. After leaving the CPR, Painter and his family returned to Banff every summer. The home remained in the Painter family until 1974.
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