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 web tool 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, a new 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.

To search by house style, Click here

To search by roof form, Click here

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

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About and credits

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.

Further resources on architecture & architects

Architectural Styles:

Archival House Plans & Building Catalogues:


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