Heritage House Tour

Architecture. Design. History.

Sunday June 3rd, 2018

10am to 5pm

Tickets $40 / $30 (with a valid student ID)

 

The Heritage House Tour returns this June with more beautiful pre-1940s homes across Vancouver. Take advantage of late spring weather and join us in spending the day touring inside significant and architecturally important heritage and character homes. Learn about the history of our neighbourhoods, see impressive architecture and experience how homeowners live with heritage. The 2018 tour will open some of the city’s most prestigious addresses including the former home of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and a luxurious apartment building that has been home to the city’s business elite, creative minds and architecture lovers for 105 years.

Lovers of Vancouver’s famed “Hobbit House” will be excited to see inside a unique home built for a French Baron by the same contractor. We’ll also enjoy the history and exquisite architecture of Aberthau and its renowned Oak Room, as well as access to the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum, open special hours for tour day.

Vintage car aficionados, and those who love a special surprise addition, will enjoy opportunity to see several classic cars relevant to the age and history of the tour homes throughout the day. The cars will only be available at certain homes during specific hours:

  •  1910 REO Model R Touring Car: House #3, 10am – 3pm
  • 1927 Auburn: House #9, 12pm – 3pm
  • 1962 Buick Wildcat: House #3, 12pm – 3pm

Please note we are no longer mailing new ticket orders. To avoid mailing issues resulting in lost or late tickets, starting May 22nd at 5pm all new ticket orders will need to be picked up. When you purchase your tickets you will choose one of two Info Booth locations for pick up on June 3rd (9am – 3pm). You can also choose to stop by our office during regular office hours before 3pm, June 1st.

Partner Stores

Tickets are now available for purchase from one of our partner retail locations. Please confirm store hours, including over the holiday weekend, with individual stores. Please note that tickets purchased online or over the phone through VHF cannot be picked up at partner stores.

At Home West Vancouver
1530 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
Mon – Sat, 10am – 5:30pm
Closed Sundays

Hills of Kerrisdale
2125 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Mon – Wed & Sat, 9:30am – 6pm
Thurs -Fri, 9:30am – 9pm
Sun, 11am – 5pm

Hills Dry Goods (Kitsilano)
2081 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Mon – Sat, 10am – 7pm
Sun, 11am – 6pm

Hills Dry Goods (South Granville)
2741 Granville St, Vancouver
Mon – Sat, 10am-7pm
Sun, 11am-6pm

 

This tour earns 6 Non-core LUs AIBC


Pre-tour lecture – Pacific Pre-Raphaelites: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Vancouver 1890-1930

Tuesday May 29, 2018
7:30pm to 9pm
University Women’s Club at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave
$15 / $9 (with a valid student ID)
*Please note that this lecture is now at capacity. No walk-ups will be admitted as we are fully booked.

Join us to explore the craftsmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement in Vancouver that saw the meeting of international influences with local art and place. Architectural historian Jim Wolf will present how the city’s buildings and design industry were shaped by talented local architects and allied crafts men and women. Together they created sublime beauty inspired by the teachings of William Morris but also the natural environment of British Columbia and the craft of local First Nations, introducing Vancouver to stained glass skunk cabbages and art nouveau cedar canoes friezes. Whether it was art glass, woodwork, wallpaper or even imported furnishings, stylish citizens sought out the very best to adorn their homes. The legacy of this early design movement can be seen across the city today in many buildings and homes, including homes featured this year on the Heritage House Tour.


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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 2017 the Heritage House Tour celebrated it's 15th 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.

The tour once again offered 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 also visited Strathcona to see the completed renovation of 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. Guests marveled 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.


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 homes 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.