15th Annual Heritage House Tour

Architecture. Design. History.

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

Tickets $40/$30 with valid student ID

 Call 604-264-9642 for bus tickets $100 (details below)

 

Regular price and student tickets are also available from our store partners (please note bus tickets are only available through VHF). See below for more information.

It’s amazing to think the Heritage House Tour is 15 years strong this 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, and as we also celebrate the 25th anniversary of VHF, we look forward to a great tour this year with a wonderful selection of homes.

In 2017, the tour once again offers 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’ll also visit Strathcona to see the completed renovation of Places That Matter site, 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. We will also take a first look 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. Shannon’s main rooms were restored to their 1930s glory using early photographs to select appropriate wallpaper, glass, paneling and plasterwork. There are many more wonderful homes to see on the 2017 tour, so we hope you will join us and help us celebrate 15 years of appreciating heritage!

NEW BUS OPTION! Hop on the bus and let us do the navigating! This year we are offering a limited number of bus tickets to enjoy the tour with a small group of heritage enthusiasts. Sit back and relax as we travel to all nine houses on tour. You will be able to hop on and off the bus while visiting the homes without the worry of parking, traffic or transit waits. We encourage you to bring snacks and a lunch, but we will be making a 30-minute lunch stop where food can be purchased. You will have approximately 20-30 minutes per house. Please phone 604-264-9642 to purchase tickets.

This tour earns 6 Non-Core LUs AIBC


2017 Heritage House Tour Pre-Tour Lecture

Building Resilience: Older Buildings in the Sustainable City

Join us for an illustrated lecture with Conservation Architect and Urbanist, Mark Thompson Brandt that considers how Vancouver’s historic buildings and homes can embrace sustainability goals that have become a common part of 21st century life. Mark will discuss why it is important to sustainably upgrade our older building stock, how heritage conservation relates to environmental conservation and to the global and national movement towards the new “Low Carbon Economy”.

Register Here $15 or $9 with valid student ID
Or find out more here
Thursday June 1st, 7:30pm to 9pm
Floral Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak Street)


Visit our Partner Stores

Regular and student tickets will be available for purchase from or partner stores starting Saturday, May 13th. Please note bus tickets are not available through partner stores, and pre-purchased tickets are not available for pick-up from these locations.

Hills of Kerrisdale
2125 W 41st Ave
Mon – Sat 9:30 – 6, Sun 11 – 5

Hills Dry Goods
2081 W 4th Ave
Mon – Sat 10 – 7, Sun 11 – 6

Benjamin Moore Coast Decorating Centre
4464 Main St
Mon – Fri 7 – 5:30, Sat 8 – 5:30, Sun Closed

At Home West Vancouver
1530 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
Mon – Sat 10 – 5:30, Sun Closed
Cash and Debit ONLY


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 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.


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.