12th Annual West Coast Modern Home Tour

Event Details

West Vancouver Museum

Explore spectacular mid-century and contemporary West Coast-style homes perched on the rocky slopes of West Vancouver!

  • Check-in at the Museum from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Home Tour from 12–4 p.m.
  • Reception at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club from 4–6 p.m.

The West Vancouver Museum’s 12th annual home tour takes place on July 8 from 12 to 4 p.m., followed by a reception at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club from 4 to 6 p.m.

About the Tour Homes

The five selected tour homes exhibit architectural features that define the best of West Coast modernism.

The 1939 Thornton Residence

Situated near picturesque Caulfeild Cove, the Thornton Residence was one of the first modernist houses built in Western Canada. Working with Frank Gardiner, Peter Thornton, who was exposed to British modernism and the work of Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, designed a simple, unornamented International Style home for his family. With its flat roof, geometric lines, and functional layout, this now-classic two-storey, post-and-beam structure was once considered radical for its time.

The 1950 Neoteric Residence
Neoteric houses by Fred Hollingsworth were designed in the late 1940s and 50s to promote modern living on a variety of sites in newly developed North Shore residential neighbourhoods. This classic post-and-beam Neoteric house displays Hollingsworth’s key design features: an open plan layout under a flat roof with wide eaves, the strategic use of natural lighting, and a large centralized brick fireplace and clerestory windows, which punctuate the roofline.

The 1964 Madrona Residence

This post-and-beam home on a bluff overlooking Howe Sound was designed by the original owner, Philip Collings d’Auvergne, a provincial court judge. The current owner designed and completed extensive renovations in 2011 drawing from his experience working with Carol Moukheiber and Christos Marcopoulos from Studio (n-1) Architects. Alterations included completely reconfiguring the space to open up the house, adding poured concrete floors and new horizontal cedar siding and windows, and incorporating innovative walnut cabinetry and a beautifully restrained palette of modern finishes.

The 1965 Beaton Residence

Surrounded by towering cedars and native foliage, the Beaton Residence sits high atop a steep cliff with views of the ocean below. Designed by Arthur Műdry and immaculately maintained over 50 years, the house Marion and Malcolm Beaton built for their family remains delightfully open and transparent. The interplay of wood, glass, structural lines and surrounding nature embody the ultimate expression of West Coast Modern architecture.

The 2016 Urban Farm

From Gleneagles to Ambleside, architect Robert Burgers and interior designer Marieke Burgers designed and built twelve houses of their own in West Vancouver, each distinctive to its particular site. The Urban Farm, created in collaboration with their son, architect Cedric Burgers, is the last home they lived in before Robert’s passing in January 2017, and the culmination of the couple’s ideas for living, established over the course of their long careers.

Tour & Ticketing Details

A limited number of tickets are available.

To register, please choose one of the following three options and register online at the links below or by phone at 604-925-7270.

If purchasing tickets by phone, please provide the program number.

Option 1
Visit tour homes by bus and attend the reception
Bus + Reception ($136.50)
(Program #31257)

Option 2
Visit tour homes by driving your own car and attend the reception
Car + Reception ($126)
(Program #31260)

Option 3
Visit tour homes by driving your own car (reception is not included)
Car + No Reception ($105)
(Program #31261)

The ticket price includes GST.



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