Reading Room

Vancouver Heritage Foundation's Library

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Did you know that VHF has a Reading Room available to the public?

The Reading Room is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we look forward to eventually welcoming back visitors. Once our office re-opens, the Reading Room will be open by appointment. We encourage you to come in and read about Vancouver’s history or do
research on a project. Since many of our books are no longer being published, books must stay in the Reading Room.

Thank you to Yosef Wosk for his contribution to establish the Vancouver Heritage Foundation Reading Room.

Planning Your Visit

Interested in visiting? Call us at  604 264 9642 or email to book an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Exploring the Collection

The Reading Room collection includes books, journals, and other resources related to local heritage. Our materials cover a range of topics including history, local communities and culture, arts, architecture, and conservation of historic buildings. Search our catalogue to find these titles and more.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright (Maria Costantino, c1991)
  • Modern Movement Heritage (Allen Cunningham, 1998)
  • The Modernist Home (Tim Benton, 2006)
  • Architectural Styles: Spotter’s Guide (Sarah Cunliffe and Jean Loussier, Editors, c2006)
  • Architecture Versus Housing (Martin Pawley, 1971)
  • The Old Way of Seeing: How Architecture Lost Its Magic (And How To Get It Back) (Jonathan Hale, 1994)
  • The Stimson Legacy: Architecture in the Urban West (Lawrence Kreisman, c1992)
  • House: A Memoir (Michael Ruhlman, 2005)
  • Maple Ridge: Moments in Time (Chris Campbell, c1999)
  • Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement (Judith Tankard, 2004)
  • Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings (Rudy Favretti and Joy Favretti, 1978 and c1997)
  • Best Practices Guide: Material Choices for Sustainable Design (Paul Kernan et al.)
  • High Performance Green Building: What’s It Worth? (Chappell et al., 2009)
  • Small Houses: Innovations in Small-Scale Living from North America (Akua Schatz and Terry Sidhu, 2015)
  • Historic Homes Tours: Showcasing Your Community’s Heritage (Ann Anderson and Kerri Rubman, 1999)
  • Living in False Creek North: From the Resident’s Perspective (School of Community and Regional Planning, 2008)
  • New Life for Old Buildings (Elizabeth O’Kiely et al.)
  • Putting Back the Style: A Directory of Authentic Renovation (Alexandra Artley, Editor, 1988)
  • Architectural Color: A Design Guide to Using Color on Buildings (Tom Porter, 1982)
  • Living Colors: The Definitive Guide to Color Palettes Through the Ages (Margaret Walch and Augustine Hope, c1995)
  • Canadian Inventory of Historic Building Exterior Recording Training Manual (R. Bray, S. Dale, and R. Harrold, 1980)
  • Guide for Practitioners: Conversion of Traditional Buildings (Dennis Urquhart, 2007)
  • The Encyclopedia of Architecture (Joseph Gwilt, 1982)

Search our catalogue to find more books and resources! Can’t find something that you think should be in our collection? Suggest an addition to the VHF Reading Room!

Other resources

Looking for more information? A variety of resources are accessible online, and you may also wish to explore library and archive collections held elsewhere.

For more local history resources, visit our Vancouver’s History Resources page.

For sustainability resources, visit our Heritage & Sustainability page.

To find answers to your questions about heritage in Vancouver, try our Heritage Basics & FAQs page.