Roedde House

New 2014 Jazz Series at Roedde House

From James Danderfer to Jodi Proznick, Miles Black, Jennifer Scott and René Worst, many incredible Canadian jazz artists jumped at the chance to play intimate concerts in the heart of our Victorian house this year. The gamble to hold a monthly jazz series in our music parlour proved to be a resounding success. The generous support of the McGrane Pearson Endowment Fund ensured that we were able to run this concert series from the very beginning and bring top quality acts to Roedde House at affordable prices for our guests.

Fueled by your compliments and support, we have decided to keep this musical endeavour going into 2014. As a New Year’s resolution, we are hoping to offer fair professional fees to each performer, in place of fluctuating door proceeds and we need your help to help underwrite these talented musician’s fees. To this end, we will be holding an all-star afternoon concert on Saturday January 25th, 2014 at 3 pm featuring some of your favourite 2013 performers, as well as new artists scheduled for 2014.

Tea, cake and sweets will be served in our cozy parlour and dining room, while these compelling jazz musicians mingle and play throughout the afternoon. We invite you to become a supporter of this exciting project. A modest donation can make an enormous difference to our small series. We hope you will be able to join us for a delightful and relaxed afternoon of music and sharing in the company of Vancouver’s top jazz musicians and singers.

Tickets for this special event are $30 per person, tax deductible.

Roedde House Museum

roeddehouseRoedde House was built for Gustav and Mathilda Roedde in 1893. Its design is attributed to the early B.C. architect Francis M. Rattenbury, notable for the Legislative Buildings and the Empress Hotel in Victoria. The style of the house is “Queen Anne revival”, notable for its cupola, bay windows, upstairs porch, and downstairs verandah.

At the urging of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, the house was designated a heritage building in 1976. In the early 1980s the City, with the assistance of the Heritage Canada Foundation and the B.C. Heritage Trust, was able to restore the exterior of the house. In 1984 a non-profit society was formed, the Roedde House Preservation Society, to restore the interior of the house.

Work on the interior of Roedde House was lengthy and painstaking, with faithful attention to detail gleaned from historical records of contemporary houses, from consultation with surviving members of the Roedde family and from the process of stripping paint and wallpaper from century-old walls to discover the original colours and finishings. The house was restored and authentically furnished with all the accoutrements of middle-class life in the 1890s. Most recently, the restoration of the second floor of the museum – two children’s bedrooms and Matilda’s sewing room – was completed in March of 2000.

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