Vancouver House Styles Hub

An encyclopedia of traditional and recent Vancouver house styles

Vancouver Heritage Foundation has developed an online webtool that defines, details and illustrates local house styles and their architectural elements. It describes distinctive local styles while drawing on wider architectural themes.

For homeowners, professionals, students or anyone interested in the domestic architecture of Vancouver, the House Styles tool is user-friendly and fun to explore. The Vancouver House Styles webtool was launched in 2010 to complement the education and public awareness programs run by VHF, creating a tool that homeowners and professionals could use to understand the styles of buildings in Vancouver. With updates in 2018, the webtool continues to grow to help anybody who wants to learn about construction, architecture, and history of the city.

You can choose whether to approach house styles through their shape, name, or chronological period. On each style page, you will find detailed descriptions of architectural parts, helpful definitions and accompanying photographs of local examples to help you discover Vancouver’s house styles.

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*Please note we are currently working on updating the House Styles website but the House Styles page is fully functional.

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