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Travel Back in Time At The Roedde House Museum

August 23, 2016

Have you ever wondered what Vancouver was like before it became the “city of glass?” Travel back in time at the Roedde House Museum to experience a glimpse into nineteenth century Vancouver. Located in the heart of the West End is the Queen Anne-style home built in 1893 by German immigrants Gustav and Matilda Roedde. —Laura Busby

Roedde House exterior

Image: Laura Busby

Gustav was the city’s first bookbinder and he resided in the home with his wife and four children until he sold the property in 1925. The structure was designed by Francis Rattenbury, the same British architect who designed Vancouver’s Courthouse (now the Vancouver Art Gallery) and the Empress Hotel in Victoria. The Roedde House Preservation Society began restoration of the house in 1984 and the site opened as Vancouver’s first house museum in 1990.

roedde house interior dress

Image: Laura Busby

In addition to the museum’s incredible collection of historical gems that transport you to a bygone era, such as an exquisite 300-year-old grandfather clock, the museum offers a range of cultural activities. Every Sunday the museum hosts tea tasting and tours for a steal of a deal at $8 and there are also weekly concert series.

Roedde house shelf

Image: Laura Busby

If you have friends or family visiting from out of town, this museum is the perfect destination to show off Vancouver’s history. Now if you really want to entertain your guests with a lurid tale on your tour of the house, read in advance about Rattenbury’s murder. His wife’s younger lover committed the crime.

Closed Mondays. Admission $5. Cash Only.

Roedde House Museum, 1415 Barclay St., Vancouver, 604-684-7040. www.roeddehouse.org

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