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Mid Century Modern House Tour

Explore the definitive West Coast Modern style

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Saturday, September 20th 1pm – 5pm

Tickets $85 (car) $100 (bus)


On Saturday September 20th, 2014, VHF will tour 5 examples of Mid-Century Modernism built between 1950 and 1970. There will be  a limited number of seats on the buses, or choose to explore on your own with the self-guided option (a vehicle is recommended).

In 2014 we head out to five Vancouver Mid-Century Modern homes including a 1947 Ned Pratt designed home that was originally featured on VHF’s inaugural Mid-Century Modern Bus Tour, back in 2006. Pratt was instrumental in the early stages of the Modernist movement in Vancouver and the Saba Residence is a prime example of the Mid-Century integration of outdoor space and indoor space. The Saba Residence is also one of the first in BC to utilize post and beam construction, a revolutionary construction method at the time. Come see what has changed to the interior of this home since its first showing with VHF 8 years ago.

"Less is More", the phrase coined by the German designer Mies van der Rohe, aptly describes the Modern Movement that began in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. Modernist designs were without historical precedent, they used new materials and technologies, and they conformed to a social ideal.

Vancouver developed an adaptation of the modern aesthetic known as West Coast Regional Style. Local designers used post-and-beam construction, stepped flat roofs with clerestory windows and wide expanses of glass that integrated the house with the natural setting.

Professional Development Credits: The Mid-Century Modern Tour qualifies for 3 Non-Core LUs granted by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.

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Special Thanks to Selwyn Pullan for allowing us to use of the 1962 photograph he shot for Western Homes and Living on the cover of the 2013 tour ticket.

Check out previous Mid-Century Modern tour brochures here:

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