Vancouver's Roedde House located in the West End is a designated heritage building in 1976. Built by Gustav Roedde, the city's first bookbinder in 1893, it was designed in a Queen Anne revival style and is one of nine heritage buildings located at Barclay Square. Restored in the 1980s, the House was opened to the public in 1990 as a Museum to show visitors how turn of the century middle class immigrants lived in the Vancouver region.
The Museum is unique as instead of preventing visitors from enjoying exhibits by roping them off or encasing them in glass, the Roedde House allows people to touch and interact with the exhibits - some artifacts can even be handled.
Roedde House Museum is a popular locale for schools and other visitors interested in learning about Vancouver's West End - especially to see how settlers lived in the fledgling city. On Sundays, visitors can enjoy tea and a tour which is an interesting way to learn more about the House, its residents and Vancouver's history.
While visiting the Roedde House it is advisable to enjoy Barclay Square. The Museum is the only accessible building but the brightly coloured restored heritage houses - two of which are used by the senior's network and six as private residences - the adjoining park creates a beautiful and interesting setting which is a glimpse into Vancouver's past.
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