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Heritage House Tour

Architecture. Design. History.

VHF Dunbar 2

Sunday June 5th, 2016 10am to 5pm

Tickets $40/$30 with valid student I.D. 


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 efforts.  Read on for all the details of the 2016 tour.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be picked up at our office, 402-510 W. Hastings St., between 9:30am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday. If you choose to pick up your tickets on tour day, please remember which booth you requested your tickets be available at. Your tickets will only be available at the booth you choose with your order. You can change which booth your tickets are available at by calling our office by June 3rd at 5pm.

Tickets can also be purchased at any of our partner stores. Please note pre-purchased tickets can not be picked up at these locations.

Benjamin Moore Coast Decorating Centre
4464 Main St. Vancouver

Hills of Kerrisdale
2125 W 41st Ave, Vancouver

At Home West Vancouver
1530 Marine Dr, West Vancouver

Consider donating to help a student attend the Heritage House Tour

We have a list of students hoping to attend the Heritage House Tour, but we need more funding to help make it happen! By simply adding $15 or $30 to your order, the cost of 50% or 100% of a student ticket, you can help someone attend the tour, who may not be able to otherwise. You can also donate to the program without purchasing tickets by contacting our office by email or phone. All donations over $20 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

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

See how one owner has used their incredible collection of Asian and African artwork and furnishings to blend seamlessly with an almost entirely untouched 1913 Arts & Crafts home. Tour inside 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. You’ll also learn about the many variations of the Craftsman home with several examples of this popular architectural style. If you enjoy Modernist architecture, you will also not want to miss the one of a kind Barber Residence. Built in 1936, it is one of the city’s few examples of Art Moderne residential architecture.

This self-guided tour gives you a whole day to get yourself to the homes and talk with homeowners, architects and experts in construction and heritage. The guidebook offers the fascinating history of each home, along with several essays written by leading historians that offer the back story of our city and give better understanding to where our city was when these homes were built. See how others are living in heritage and get inspiration for your own project, marvel at the creativity and diversity of options found in character and heritage homes and go back in time by immersing yourself in our city’s historic 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

Now in its 13th year the Heritage House Tour is a fantastic way to get ideas for your own renovation,  savour creativity and character, and learn about the history of those who once lived in these private homes. We open different homes on each year's tour.

Spread throughout Vancouver, homes range from historic small cottages with original features to grand heritage houses with big upgrades. Your guidebook is your ticket and includes the unique story behind each house while helping you navigate your way around the city.

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.

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