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Vancouver Heritage Foundation 10th Annual Heritage House Tour

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Join us for our 10th Anniversary Year! $40 + HST

The Heritage House Tour is a one-day, self guided tour of a selection of historic buildings in Vancouver. This event has brought over 18,000 people into over 100 privately owned, unique heritage buildings in our city. Each year, a different selection of homes is opened, showcasing a wide variety of traditional house styles and interesting historic neighbourhoods.

The 2012 Tour will get you inside:

A Historic church converted into strata units
Le Marche St George storefront restoration with funky apartment units
Strathcona homes including a heritage restoration with a radical modern addition and beautiful historic hand painted wall stencilling
A historic bank building restoration with modern infill behind
Shaughnessy & Kerrisdale mansions
The "Music House" - a DIY family's craftsman restoration

Your ticket is a 28 page guidebook with a map in the centre showing you where the homes are located, a full page write-up about each house, lunch suggestions and guest essays by local authors. Visit any or all of the participating homes on tour day between 10 am to 5 pm in any order you prefer. Your guidebook is a numbered passport which will gain you access into the homes.

Apart from being a fun, social event, the tour is a great opportunity for getting ideas and inspiration on a new life for your old building. Get practical and specific renovation and restoration tips that you cannot find in books or through courses. See first-hand how historic spaces and materials can be made relevant and functional for 21st century families. Get ideas for local trades, resources, suppliers and even wall colours from real projects undertaken by every-day Vancouverites.