Heritage House Tour

Architecture. Design. History.

Celebrating 15 years!
Sunday June 4th, 2017 10am to 5pm

Tickets $40/$30 with valid student ID (not inc. tax)


Support Vancouver’s built heritage by attending our biggest fundraising effort of the year! The Heritage House Tour is a great way to explore inside wonderful examples of our city’s heritage and character homes, while supporting VHF in raising funds for our ongoing conservation and education programs and activities.

Further 2017 tour details will be posted closer the the tour date. Check back soon!

In 2016 we offered the chance to take a look at an incredible collection of historic and heritage homes across the city. Ticket holders guided themselves around the city and toured inside heritage and character homes of varying age, scale and retention. From incredibly well-retained homes with intriguing historic details such as push button light switches, service call buttons and back service stairwells, to beautifully updated residences with modern kitchens and bathrooms, the 2016 tour offered a chance to see inside a variety of Vancouver’s historic homes.

We saw how one owner used their incredible collection of Asian and African artwork and furnishings to blend seamlessly with an almost entirely untouched 1913 Arts & Crafts home. The tour also offered three estate homes built for Vancouver’s elite, one fully renovated, one well-retained with impressive gardens and one empty for nine years but now on the verge of redevelopment. Ticket holders learned about the many variations of the Craftsman home with several examples of this popular architectural style. Popular among those who love Modernist architecture, we also opened the Barber Residence. Built in 1936, it is one of the city’s few examples of Art Moderne residential architecture.

Are you interested in taking a VHF house tour but not sure what to expect? Read our First Timer’s Guide to House Tours here.

This tour earns 6 Non-Core LUs AIBC


In 2015 we explored the diversity of housing options available when living in heritage. From the incredibly well maintained 1912 Queen Charlotte Apartments in the West End to a modern conversion of a historic industrial building, the tour proved that heritage homes come in all shapes and sizes. We also saw some beautifully restored and renovated single-family homes including Rand House, an 1890s Queen Anne Revival with a long history in Vancouver's West End. Tour goers also enjoyed special offers from house museums Roedde House and Colbourne House, now the Marpole Museum, rounding out a full day of heritage exploration.

Michael Kluckner helped to demystify the evolution of Vancouver's apartments with a pre-tour lecture. Beginning with the evolution of the apartment building, from humble flats above stores to the luxurious suites of the 1920s, the walk-ups of the 1940s and the high-rises of the 1960s, Michale also explored the social changes in the city – the passage in 1966 of the Strata Title Act, as well as other forms of collective ownership of buildings – that have turned tenants into owners and investors into landlords.

Here's a great video from a BC Mills kit house featured on the 2014 Heritage House Tour. Special thanks to James Burton, Claudio Ance, Alix Noble and REW.ca.

Professional Development Credits: AIBC 6 non-core LUs ; PIBC, BOABC, BCSLA, AICBC.

Old School Certificate 1 credit.

Do you or someone you know live in a house that may be a good fit for one of our tours? We are continually searching for great examples of heritage or character, mid-century modern design, sympathetic lane homes behind heritage homes, or renovated Vancouver Specials to open on our tours. If you'd like to know more, or have your home considered for inclusion on a future tour, contact us 604 264 9642 or by email.

See previous tour brochures below.