Fairmont Banff Springs unveils restorations December 07, 2001 Share 1 -- BANFF, Alberta -- The 770-room Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel completed a $32.5 million restoration of its historical facilities, including the creation of a museum. Guests will find a new lobby, restaurants, public areas and shops. Room renovations will continue through 2002. About $21,450 will be spent on each guest room, including custom furniture, historical artwork, vanities of granite and marble and new bathroom fixtures. The hotel, which opened in 1888, was designated a National Historic Site in 1992. The new museum, called Heritage Hall, offers changing exhibitions, all celebrating the nature, culture and history of western Canada. "Morant's Mountains," the opening exhibition, is devoted to the works of Nicholas Morant, a Canadian Pacific Railway photographer. The next exhibit, "Maps, Myths and Mountains," opening in mid-March, consists of 24 original maps dating to 1762, some used by early explorers to the area; six historical illustrations, and other documents.The refurbishment also included the Grand Lobby stairway to the mezzanine level, leading to Heritage Hall and the new Rundle Room, a guest parlor with vaulted ceilings, antique furnishings and a grand piano. Beverages are served in the Rundle Room on request.Completely redesigned were the hotel's two restaurants -- the 56-seat Banffshire Club and the 250-seat Bow Valley Grill. The Banffshire Club has a Scottish decor and serves Canadian cuisine. The Bow Valley Grill features design elements provided by local Alberta artists. The revamped retail shopping area has 19 specialty stores, including a golf shop.More than $114 million has been invested in the property over the past decade, including improvements to the Conference Centre, the addition of a full-service spa and the restoration of the 1928 Stanley Thompson Golf Course.For information, call (800) 441-1414 or check the Web site at www.fairmont.com.