Events

Heritage House Tour 2021 Online

Architecture. Design. History. June 3rd - 17th 2021.

Purchase Access to Recording

This June, the Heritage House Tour is back – in a virtual format! In two online events, we will tour through six unique homes and explore their stories, past and present, from early architects, builders and residents to more recent restorations and adaptations for modern living. While we cannot step through the doors together this year, we hope you will join us for this special opportunity to tour inside remarkable homes – exclusively available for the virtual Heritage House Tour.

Across five different neighbourhoods, we will visit a 1958 award-winning Mid-Century Modern home, an 1890s Strathcona home, a grand Shaughnessy estate home, a 1928 apartment, and more. We will enjoy original interior features, craftsmanship, and unique design, and explore the history and heritage significance of each house.

Details of how to join each virtual event will be provided to registered participants. If you are unable to attend at the time of the virtual events, you can still register and have access to the recordings after the event.

All filming and preparation for the events is taking place with health and safety procedures in place to protect everyone involved.

Each year since 2003, the Heritage House Tour has provided a wonderful opportunity to explore Vancouver’s heritage homes. It also raises essential funds to support VHF’s educational programs year-round.

1890s home in Strathcona featured in the 2021 Heritage House Tour Online.

Thank You

Presenting Sponsor

Stonehouse Team

The virtual format of the tour this year is made possible by the generosity of homeowners, residents and building owners, expert guides, tour sponsors, and volunteers.

Heritage House Tour 2021 Online – Recording

Friday, June 11 - Thursday, June 17
Online
$40+tax

If you couldn't join us live, come take a virtual tour across five different neighbourhoods at your own pace. We will visit a 1958 award-winning Mid-Century Modern home, an 1890s Strathcona home, a grand Shaughnessy estate home, a 1928 apartment, and more. We will enjoy original interior features, craftsmanship, and unique design, and explore the history and heritage significance of each house. While we cannot step through the doors together this year, we hope you will join us for this special opportunity to tour inside remarkable homes – exclusively available for the virtual Heritage House Tour.

How it works

Each virtual event will feature three different homes. A video tour will highlight key features of the spaces and an expert guide will be on hand to speak about the home and answer questions from the audience.

Our guides for the tours will be Jim Wolf, James Burton and Joanne Rankin, Donald Luxton, Michael Kluckner and John Atkin along with VHF staff.

Purchase of the recording provides access to a password protected website that contains the recordings of both virtual events, as well as each of the house tour videos.  A link will be sent following your purchase and the videos will be available for viewing until June 17.

All filming and preparation for the events is taking place with health and safety procedures in place to protect everyone involved.

2021 Heritage Explorer Mini Map Guide

Take yourself on a tour of one of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods! Available as a downloadable PDF this guide is only a few pages long, and formatted to easily print at home. You can also download it to any mobile device.

Two tours published in 2020 can also be found in the 2020 Heritage House Tour section of this page.

Presenters

  • John Atkin

    John Atkin is a civic historian, author and heritage consultant. He offers an interesting and offbeat insight into the city’s architecture, history and neighbourhoods through his popular walking tours. Among other involvements, he is currently Vice-President of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and on the Board of the Friends of the City of Vancouver Archives.

  • James Burton and Joanne Rankin

    James Burton and Joanne Rankin are the homeowners of one of the featured heritage homes in this year’s Heritage House Tour. James is also an architect and has worked on numerous heritage projects across Vancouver. Twenty-two years ago, James and Joanne navigated a Heritage Revitalization Agreement to create a community of five homes out of two heritage houses and an infill. One is still their Strathcona home.

  • Michael Kluckner

    Michael Kluckner is an artist, illustrator and author of several books on Vancouver history including Vancouver Remembered and Vanishing Vancouver. Michael is a member of the Vancouver Heritage Commission and President of the Vancouver Historical Society.

  • Donald Luxton

    Donald Luxton is a heritage consultant, advocate, educator and author. He has worked on numerous heritage and cultural resource management projects throughout western Canada since 1983. A leading proponent of heritage conservation in BC, Donald was instrumental in the creation of VHF’s True Colours historical paint palette and among his book credits is Building the West: The Architects of Early British Columbia.

  • Jim Wolf

    Jim Wolf is an architectural historian and has worked in the field of heritage conservation and community planning since 1984. As a specialist in the history of architects, architectural designers and manufacturers of the Pacific Coast, he has authored and contributed to award-winning books on local architecture and urban history.

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Stonehouse Team
Honest Advice | Proven Results

The Stonehouse Team is one of Vancouver’s most respected and accomplished Real Estate Teams. We approach our business from an advisory capacity and pride ourselves in building long-lasting relationships with our clients, many of who we have served for years. Our strength is guiding our clients with expert knowledge to produce informed decisions while navigating Vancouver’s complex and ever-changing market. With over 65 years of combined Real Estate experience, we continue to thrive by working closely as one team with a singular focus to help you achieve your Real Estate goals. When you hire us, you get the entire team working on your behalf – always!

“We believe connections unite us, possibilities fuel us, and strong ethics define us.” ~ Rick Stonehouse, Founder

We love talking about Real Estate and encourage you to call us for a complimentary consultation.

728 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2A3
604 255 7575
www.stonehouseteam.com
emailus@stonehouseteam.com

Corporate Sponsors

Buntain Insurance
Putting People First

Buntain Insurance has been proudly serving our community since 1967. Recognizing that insurance can often be complex and confusing, our goal is to provide our clients with simplified solutions. Our team will take the time to understand your needs and offer the best possible insurance products. You get the convenience of personalized, knowledgeable service with the reassurance of knowing our entire team is here for you.

Point Grey – 3707 W 10th Ave
South Granville – 1586 W Broadway
Oak Street – 932 W King Edward Ave
Dunbar Street – 4295 Dunbar St
Main Street – 4226 Main St
604-733-3000
www.buntaininsurance.com

Equitable Real Estate Investment Corporation Ltd.
Providing office space in some of Vancouver’s finest heritage buildings

505-325 Howe Street Vancouver BC V6C 1Z7
604 683 7571
https://equitablerealestate.ca/
info@ere.bc.ca

Odlum Brown Limited
Investing for Generations

For over 98 years, Odlum Brown Limited has been one of BC’s most respected investment firms, thanks to the vision of our founders, the passion and dedication of our employees, and the trust and loyalty of our valued clients. We provide disciplined advice and objective value-based research with a singular focus on clients. We offer a full range of investment products and financial, retirement and estate planning services through our wholly owned subsidiary, Odlum Brown Financial Services Limited. For all your investment needs, call us today.

1100 – 250 Howe St, Vancouver V6C 3S9
604 669 1600
www.odlumbrown.com

Penfolds Roofing & Solar
Good honest roofing since 1937

Penfolds Roofing & Solar has been the Lower Mainland’s trusted roofing authority for more than 80 years! As a full service roofing & solar contractor we service residential, strata, new construction and commercial properties. Specializing in all types of roofing material, we have fully certified and trained installation crews to tackle any type of project – we complete over 1,000 projects each year! There is a reason we are the most referred roofing & solar company in BC! Contact us for a FREE, no-obligation quote.

2230 Hartley Ave, Coquitlam V3K 6X3
604 254 4663
www.penfoldsroofing.com

Split Mango Media
Building a Better Web Experience

Hailing from Vancouver’s North Shore, SplitMango is a human-powered digital agency. We can take on any project with the scope and expertise to make sure our clients have a website that looks beautiful, functions flawlessly and exceeds expectations.

105-223 Mountain Hwy, North Vancouver V7J 3V3
604 200 0100
www.splitmango.com
info@splitmango.com

House Sponsors

Solus Trust
https://www.solustrust.com/

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada
https://sothebysrealty.ca/en/

2020 Heritage Explorer Mini Map Guides

Take yourself on a tour of one of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods! Available as a downloadable PDF these guides are only a few pages long, and formatted to easily print at home. You can also download them to any mobile device.

2020 Heritage House Tour Virtual Events

  • A Virtual Stroll in Marpole

    Wednesday, September 16

    Many of us know Marpole as the strip of commercial activity at the southern end of Granville Street or for the blocks of three-storey apartment buildings from the 1950s. But the community is also the site of significant cultural and archaeological resources, and was the location of some of the earliest non-native settlement in what would become Vancouver. Situated on the north shore of the Fraser River which has sustained the Musqueam people for thousands of years, the original small settlement grew into a substantial centre of industry and commerce with canneries and sawmills that employed a multi-cultural workforce including Musqueam, Japanese and Chinese among others. On this virtual walking tour, John Atkin explored the area’s fascinating architecture along with diverse cultural and transportation history. Throughout and after the pre-recorded virtual stroll, there was opportunity to ask John questions live.
  • History on the Street: Vancouver’s House Styles

    Tuesday, September 22

    Vancouver’s neighbourhoods offer an interesting mix of wooden houses, some more historic than others, but identifying the array of different architectural styles can be a challenge.

    From detailed Victorian through Tudor and Storybook to Mid-Century Modern, Vancouver Special and more recent designs, the houses reflect influences both local and from around the world. They span an era of more than a century that has seen enormous economic and social change. This virtual session explored house styles through the decades with artist and author, Michael Kluckner and was hosted by VHF Special Projects Manager, Jessica Quan. We learned how the styles that contribute so much to the distinct character of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods reflect the city’s history. Michael and Jessica offered tips on identifying them and answered questions.

  • A Colour Primer: Vancouver's Historical Paint Schemes

    Tuesday, September 29

    Vancouver’s houses feature a wide array of exterior colour schemes. For over 130 years, architects, builders and homeowners have highlighted architectural features and followed fashions or personal preferences while protecting from the weather with a good coat of paint.

    When restoring a historic home, the choice of exterior colour can be that last satisfying step. In this informative and visual session, heritage consultant Donald Luxton explained the changing use of colour and discussed how it can complete an authentic restoration. We explored the historic local palettes from the 1880s to the 1920s, made available in VHF’s True Colours range, and looked at the different approaches of later decades. Following a colourful presentation, there was opportunity to put questions to Donald.

    Thank you to the Walsh Foundation for continued support of the True Colours program