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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)

The bus is now at capacity, please call 604-264-9642 if you would like to be added to our wait list.

In 2014 we head out to a 1947 Ned Pratt designed home that has not only been ‘A-listed’ on the Vancouver Heritage Register but has also been recognized as a Canadian Historic Site . 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 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.

We will also stop by a Ron Thom home which is actually one of four similarly designed family homes built in a row. These four homes share ingenious variations in layout and floor plan to ensure each home is private and unique, while still being built economically and efficiently. While only one of the four will be open, tour goers are able to view some variations from the sidewalk.

Beyond the impressive architecture, mid-century landscaping played a significant role in the design of these homes. No landscape architect is as well known or well respected as Cornelia Oberlander. Visit her second commission in Vancouver with all the original design elements. The only change to her original plan is a carp pond that replaced a patch of lawn.

Join us for the post tour reception!

All ticket holders are invited to RSVP to the post-tour wine and cheese reception which will be held at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Designed by CBK Van Norman, the Maritime Museum is a wonderful example of mid-century A-frame construction. Enjoy the space as we hear from UBC SALA Associate Professor Sherry McKay about the history of Modernism in Vancouver.

"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.

Mid-Century Modern Articles

A Lesson in Zoned Architectural Protection from Ottawa - Globe and Mail

At 93, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is still one of Canada's most beloved landscape architects - Globe and Mail


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