On Hiatus 2017
Tickets $30 or $23 with valid student ID
Thank you for your interest in the Laneway House Tour. Please check back in mid 2018 for more information.
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.
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.
Laneway housing is not a new idea in Vancouver. It can be seen in Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods dating back as far as the 1890s. More recently infills have shown potential to be a positive tool in heritage conservation.
Early lane homes often served as temporary residences while the main home was built, or as secondary housing for staff, guests or extended family. There are many examples of early Vancouverites living on the lane including the 2014 tour highlight of a truly charming 900 sq ft home, built c.1890, that became a lane home with the addition of a larger residence in 1910. The lane behind this home was added after the two structures, and the smaller home has since been moved to share a closer relationship with the principal residence. This early home has all the character detailing of a grand Victorian, just in much smaller scale. In 2015 we explored zoning variations with a home that is part of a Heritage Revitalization Agreement. In order to preserve the 1936 Barber Residence, which straddled two lots, an infill home was proposed to offset the costs of restoring the main home. The infill home, designed by Architect Robert Lemon, was featured on the 2015 Laneway House Tour, while the restored Barber Residence itself was open on the 2016 Heritage House Tour.