Heritage House Tour

Architecture. Design. History.

Sunday June 3rd, 2018

10am to 5pm

Tickets $40 / $30 (with a valid student ID)


The Heritage House Tour returns this June with more beautiful pre-1940s homes across Vancouver. Take advantage of late spring weather and join us in spending the day touring inside significant and architecturally important heritage and character homes. Learn about the history of our neighbourhoods, see impressive architecture and experience how homeowners live with heritage in 2018. There will also be opportunity to learn about energy efficiency upgrades of older homes, and speak with homeowners and professionals in heritage and design. In 2018 there are sure to be some favourites including a First Shaughnessy standout that historic manor lovers will appreciate. Built in the 1920s, it features intricate half-timbering and a handsome entry, which opens into a grand foyer complete with fireplace. We will also visit a restored 1912 home in Grandview and an Arts & Crafts gem in Point Grey among others.

This course earns 6 Non-core LUs AIBC

Pre-tour lecture – Pacific Pre-Raphaelites: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Vancouver 1890-1930

Join us to explore the craftsmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement in Vancouver that saw the meeting of international influences with local art and place. Architectural historian Jim Wolf will present how the city’s buildings and design industry were shaped by talented local architects and allied crafts men and women. Together they created sublime beauty inspired by the teachings of William Morris but also the natural environment of British Columbia and the craft of local First Nations, introducing Vancouver to stained glass skunk cabbages and art nouveau cedar canoes friezes. Whether it was art glass, woodwork, wallpaper or even imported furnishings, stylish citizens sought out the very best to adorn their homes. The legacy of this early design movement can be seen across the city today in many buildings and homes, including homes featured this year on the Heritage House Tour.

Tuesday May 29, 2018
7:30pm to 9pm
University Women’s Club at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave
Register here, $15 / $9 (with a valid student ID)

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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.

In 2017 the Heritage House Tour celebrated it's 15th year! Still our biggest fundraiser of the year, we have opened hundreds of beautifully restored and cared for heritage and character homes across the city in that time. We are proud of the long-term success and popularity of this tour.

The tour once again offered a diverse array of homes, including a stunning First Shaughnessy home with some modern touches and a sustainably upgraded character home complete with a hive to help the local bee population. We also visited Strathcona to see the completed renovation of the Walter and Mary Chan House, significant for it's connection to SPOTA and the fight to save Strathcona from freeway development in the 1960s. Guests marveled at the recent restoration of the principal rooms in B.T. Rogers' dream home, Shannon, with a stop inside the gatehouse as well as a chance to take in the Italian garden.

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 homes 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.