The Roedde family’s home is located on the ancestral, unceded, and shared territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Gustav and Matilda Roedde settled in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1888. German-born Gustav was Vancouver’s first bookbinder. He opened his own bookbinding business, G.A. Roedde Bookbinders where he specialized in the craft of marbling paper. The family moved into their newly built house in the West End neighbourhood in 1893. The house was designed by famed architect Francis Rattenbury, and is a City of Vancouver-designated Class A Heritage House.

Montage of vintage photos from Roedde House
Video directed and produced by Mauricio Orozco and Silmara Albi in 2015.

Since 1990, the Roedde House Preservation Society has taken painstaking care to restore and furnish the house to reflect the ambience of late Victorian family life for the Roeddes. Feel free to walk into every room, get close to artefacts, and experience what life for the Roeddes was like in the late 19th century!

While in the neighbourhood, stroll through the peaceful, leafy Barclay Heritage Square, sit in the gazebo or on one of the many benches, and take in the sights of Roedde House and its neighbours, such as Barclay Manor and the Diamond Centre (1895).