Modernism Tours

Mid-century modern tours

There are a handful of decent modernism tours in Vancouver and a couple of great resources if you’d rather go the self-guided route.

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation offers walking tours throughout the year, a select number of which focus on mid-century modern architecture. Check their website  for details.

Additionally, Walking Tours of Vancouver are organized by civic historian John Atkin on a year round basis and can be customized to the needs of any modernist, upon request.

For fans of West Coast Modern houses, September is a great month to visit the city as the Vancouver Heritage Foundation offers a bus (or self-driving) tour of private homes that are seldom open to the public and difficult to see from the street.

The West Vancouver Museum offers a tour of modernist homes situated in the districts of North and West Vancouver – usually in July – which is an excellent excursion, while even more home tours are offered by the Texas-based (yes, that’s not a misprint) Modern Home Tours.

For those preferring to go it alone, Modern West Coast Homes of Greater Vancouver is a great Google Map that pinpoints, well… Modern West Coast Homes of Greater Vancouver! Created by David Kominek of DRKdesign, this map lists about 100 houses that subscribe to the modernist vernacular although many are not necessarily of the vintage mid-century era. See map below… and as always, be respectful of homeowners’ privacy.

For a map of mid-century modern homes in North and West Vancouver visit our Capilano Highlands listing.  


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