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.

For homeowners, professionals, students or anyone interested in the domestic architecture of Vancouver, the House Styles tool is user-friendly and fun to explore.

  • 2010 launch to complement the education and public awareness programs run by VHF, creating a tool that homeowners and professionals could use to understand the styles of buildings in Vancouver.
  • 2018 updates with house styles added, new images, roof forms page and additional resources

Choose to search a house by shape, name or chronological period. On each page you will find detailed descriptions, definitions and photographs of local examples.

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If you would like to submit a photo of a current Vancouver House Style or have information and images to contribute, please email Jessica Quan.

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