In 1907 Philip Moore and Pearl Brewster Moore built this home at 467 Banff Avenue, the same year they wed. In 1889 Pearl was reportedly the first white child born in Banff, to dairy operators John and Bella Brewster. As the only girl in a family of active boys, she grew up a capable and avid outdoorswoman. Philip was from a wealthy American family of distillers. He came to Banff in 1902 for a hunting trip with Pearl's brothers Bill and Jim and financed a pioneer outfitting and guiding business that later became Brewster Transport. During World War I he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army, served overseas and was head of the "Alberta Depot" responsible for conscription in the province by war's end.
The Moores travelled the world extensively and amassed a collection of native artifacts that adorn this home, along with artifacts relating to the region's history. After Philip's death in 1951, Pearl donated the house and its contents to her friend Catharine Whyte and in 1971 it was moved to this location and became part of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies' collection. Pearl passed away in 1974.
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