Vancouver House Styles Hub

An encyclopedia of traditional and recent Vancouver house styles

Vancouver Heritage Foundation has developed an online webtool that defines, details and illustrates local house styles and their architectural elements. It describes distinctive local styles while drawing on wider architectural themes. This webtool is a valuable resource for homeowners, professionals, students or anyone interested in the domestic architecture of Vancouver. Launched in 2010, this guide was updated in 2018 with new house styles, new images and additional resources.

Click here to download a PDF package of a selection of Vancouver House Styles drawings. For educational purposes only.

If you would like to submit a photo of a current Vancouver house style or have information and images to contribute, please email Special Projects Manager Jessica Quan.

 

Each house style is linked to the cultural context in which it was built, reflecting not only the materials and popular designs of the time but also glimpses into personal history, social status, and city planning.

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A series of definitions of common architectural terms found throughout the Vancouver House Styles webtool.

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Information to help users navigate the Vancouver House Styles webtool.

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Resources for further reading, including sources that have been useful in creating the Vancouver House Styles webtool.

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The Vancouver House Styles webtool would not exist without the contributions of our valuable community members.

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