Heritage House Tour

Architecture. Design. History.

Sunday June 2nd, 2019

10am to 5pm

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

2019 tickets are now on sale! Be sure to check back soon for more tour details.

In 2018, we spent the day touring inside significant and architecturally important heritage and character homes, learned about the history of our neighbourhoods, saw impressive architecture and experienced how homeowners live with heritage. The 2018 tour opened 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” were excited to see inside a unique home built for a French Baron by the same contractor and we enjoyed 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. Ticket holders were able to see a 1910 REO Model R Touring Car and 1927 Auburn as a special treat. These vintage cars were relevant to the age and history of the tour homes and added to the fun of the day. We’d like to thank the car owners for bringing their classic cars to the tour and for educating and delighting tour goers with this bit of nostalgia.

On May 29th 2018, a pre-tour lecture with Architectural Historian Jim Wolf was offered. A sold out crowd joined us at the University Women’s Club at Hycroft for Pacific Pre-Raphaelites: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Vancouver 1890-1930, where Jim explored the craftsmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement in Vancouver that saw the meeting of international influences with local art and place.

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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.