Legacy:

The Moore Home

Pearl Moore in front of the Moore house, 1969. 

Helen Wells fonds, V675/PA - 37, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 

[Edmée Moore standing in the living room of the Moore house, ca. 193?] 

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 329, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

The Moore home was built in 1907 at the corner of what is now Fox Street and Banff Avenue. After Philip's mother died in 1925, Philip and Pearl inherited much of her furniture and in the early 1930s the Moore home was remodelled to make room. Interior walls were knocked out to make larger rooms and the walls of most rooms (excluding the living room) on the main floor were painted a light colour. The eye-catching blue shutters -- the colour of Pearl's favourite flower Larkspur -- were also added at this time. 

Both Pearl and Philip Moore were avid collectors and filled the walls and surfaces of their home with objects from their travels: objects from Indigenous peoples, furs, and taxidermied animals they had shot. By 1947, Pearl had started to think about how to house and preserve their collections of Indigenous clothing and artefacts and began to discuss this with Peter and Catharine Whyte. 

In 1971, Pearl donated her house to the Peter Whyte Foundation and it was moved from its original location at Fox Street and Banff Avenue to its current location on Bear Street. She lived there in its new location until her death in 1973 (Philip Moore had passed away in 1951). In her will, Pearl left all her Indigenous clothing, beadwork, and artifacts along with all taxidermy and animal skins to Catharine Whyte in trust for the Archives of the Canadian Rockies. The trustees of her will were also given discretion to distribute the rest of her belongings, most of which were kept in her home for display to the public. 

 

With the donation of her home and possessions to the Whyte Museum, Pearl did her part to help preserve a collection of Indigenous clothing, artefacts, and natural objects. The Moore home is located on the property of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and is available for tours. The papers and artifacts that belonged to Pearl, Philip, and Edmée Moore are an important part of the collections held at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in the Art and Heritage collections and in the Archives and Library

Moving of Pearl Moore house from Banff Avenue to site next to the Archives, 1971. 

Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation fonds, V692/PA - 133a/085, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Moving of Pearl Moore house from Banff Avenue to site next to the Archives, 1971. 

Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation fonds, V692/PA - 133a/101, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Moving of Pearl Moore house from Banff Avenue to site next to the Archives, 1971. 

Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation fonds, V692/PA - 133a/088, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Moving of Pearl Moore house from Banff Avenue to site next to the Archives, Pearl Moore standing next to her house,1971. 

Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation fonds, V692/PA - 133a/135, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

The Moore house in 2009.

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