Vancouver Heritage House Tour Online for 2020

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For the 18th annual Vancouver Heritage House Tour, Vancouver Heritage Foundation (“VHF”) will present several virtual events as well as self-guided tour ideas you can take whenever you like, and more.

Vancouver Heritage House Tour Online

Vancouver Heritage House Tour Online
Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation

In non-COVID times, over 1,000 people would experience this one-day tour that spotlights heritage homes, their history, design and the distinct character of Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods. The up side is that now more people that ever can see these homes, from the comfort of their homes.

The annual tour offers a great way to learn about local history and heritage places, highlighting historic homes and heritage buildings in diverse neighbourhoods while also raising much-needed funding for VHF programs and projects.

Online Event Lineup

A Virtual Stroll in Marpole ($12, register online)
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us to explore local history and heritage from home on this virtual walking tour with local historian, author and seasoned walking tour guide, John Atkin. On this virtual you’ll be lead on an exploration of the area’s fascinating architecture along with diverse cultural and transportation history. Throughout and after the pre-recorded virtual stroll, there will be opportunities to ask John questions live.

History on the Street: Vancouver’s House Styles ($15, register online)
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Find out how well you know your house styles on this exploration through the decades with artist and author, Michael Kluckner and hosted by VHF Special Projects Manager, Jessica Quan. Learn how the styles that contribute so much to the distinct character of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods reflect the city’s history. Michael and Jessica will offer tips on identifying them and will answer questions.

A Colour Primer: Vancouver’s Historical Paint Schemes ($10, register online)
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In this informative and visual session, heritage consultant Donald Luxton will explain the changing use of colour and discuss how it can complete an authentic restoration. Explore the historic local palettes from the 1880s to the 1920s, made available in VHF’s True Colours range, and look at the different approaches of later decades. Following a colourful presentation, there will be opportunity to put questions to Donald.

Connect with the VHF on Facebook for more information.

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