Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Mid-Century Modern Tour This Weekend

Joannah Connolly
September 24, 2015

Are you a fan of mid-century and West Coast architecture? Some tickets are still available for the annual Mid-Century Mondern home tour by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, running on Saturday September 26, 2015.

Spend an afternoon exploring local examples of the Mid-Century and West Coast Modernist style including the 1962 Danto Residence designed by renowned architect Arthur Erickson. There will also be a rare opportunity to see inside Arthur Erickson’s own home and garden, enabling tour participants to compare the expansive work indicative of Erickson’s famed style (such as the Danto Residence) with the relatively modest home he designed for himself.

The BC Electric Building, now known as The Electra, is the latest addition to this year’s tour. This award-winning building was one of the first Modernist buildings in Vancouver and is recognized across Canada for its innovative design. Originally the head office of BC Electric, or BC Hydro, the building was converted into condos in the early 1990s, and the tour will take participants inside a few of the unique apartments.

See the photo gallery above for a sneak preview of some of the homes on the tour.

The tour ticket also includes an invitation to the wine and cheese reception at a stunning West Coast Modern home recently used in the Tim Burton feature film Big Eyes (for a limited number of guests), which includes a short talk from guest speaker Professor Leslie Van Duzer of the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Whether participants choose the self-guided tour ($90+tax) or bus option ($110+tax, now limited to wait list only), the ticket includes a $50 donation, with charitable tax receipt, to support VHF programming.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here.                                             

Joannah Connolly
Joannah Connolly is editorial director of Glacier Real Estate, Glacier Media's real estate division. Joannah writes and curates real estate news for Glacier Media's local newspaper websites, including the Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, Burnaby Now, Tri-City News and others. She also oversees editorial content in Real Estate Weekly Homes, West Coast Condo, Western Investor and Glacier's special real estate publications. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 22 years of journalism and editing experience in Vancouver and London, with a background in construction, architecture, healthcare and business media. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, has moderated and spoken on various industry panels, and spent two years hosting the Real Estate Therapist radio show on Roundhouse Radio.