The Ever Changing House: A History of Adaptability

Pre-tour lecture: The history of adaptability in Vancouver's homes

Monday, May 27th 2019  6:30 site tour, 7:30pm – 9pm lecture

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 W 7th Ave

$16 /$10 for 2019 Heritage House Tour ticket holders, students with valid ID and 2019 VHF volunteers


Heritage House Tour pre-tour lecture with John Atkin

Many important historic buildings and treasured older homes are part of our city and neighbourhoods today because they have been adaptable to changing needs, lifestyles and function. The 2019 Heritage House Tour will feature a range of houses that have seen adaptations historically or recently – to provide more housing, for use as a school, to meet changing lifestyles or modern energy efficiency requirements. Historian John Atkin will explore the many ways older homes have been adapted through the decades in Vancouver and why this came about – from societal changes and economic shifts to policies that enabled it. With benefits that include maintaining heritage character, distinctive neighbourhoods and community connections as well as making smart use of existing buildings and resources, it is timely to consider the history of adaptability in Vancouver’s homes.

Between 6:30pm and 7:30pm, attendees will have the opportunity to see how Kitsilano Neighbourhood House has adapted a neighbouring 1909 Craftsman-style home, the Hay House, into a daycare centre, roof garden and office/event space. The top floor and front patio will be open to walk through so please allow some time for this before taking your seat for the lecture.

The Association of Neighbourhood Houses purchased the house in 1968 and it operated as a western satellite location for an orphanage and children’s home called Alexandra House. It became a centre of social activism, focusing on childcare, welfare assistance, and housing. The house became part of the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House complex in 1972 and was recently restored and updated.

This lecture earns 1.5 Non-Core LUs AIBC

To find out more about the Heritage House Tour click here