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“Take it to the Roeddes!”

                                        Above: Roedde House Museum
                                        Photo credit: Inside Vancouver

We enjoy the best of both worlds being between Vancouver’s vibrant downtown and the charming tree-lined West End neighbourhood. The best of West Coast urban lifestyle is at our doorstep on Robson Street, a people-watching, coffee drinking and shopping hub. If you are more of a nature lover, we are a short bike ride or walk to the beauty of Stanley Park and English Bay.

Great experiences abound along the way – one little known delight is a mere four blocks away: the Roedde House Museum. Nestled within the Barclay Heritage Square at 1415 Barclay Street, the Roedde House Museum was named after Gustav and Matilda Roedde (pronounced Row-dee,) a couple who settled in Vancouver from Germany at the turn of the 20th century. As Vancouver’s first bookbinder, Gustav Roedde became iconic in Vancouver’s community at the time. Locals developed the saying “Take it to the Roeddes!” for whenever there was a need for printing or binding services.

Today the Roeddes’ Victorian-style house and garden has been repaired and restored, filled with antiques, including letters written by the family. Special activities at the Museum include a British-style afternoon Tea and Tour and Jazz Nights in an intimate parlour. Visiting the Museum is a blast from the past, experiencing the day-to-day life of the Roeddes.

We would love to hear from you about your experience at the Roedde House Museum; Leave a reply in the comment box below. Stay tuned for more insights on the Blue Horizon’s neighbourhood!

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