Roedde owned items

Displayed items owned by the Roedde family and other noteworthy pieces:

The majority of the objects and furnishings at Roedde House were not owned by the Roeddes. These are purchased, loaned, or donated items dating from the period during which the family lived in the home (1893-1925). The various items on display, common in upper-middle class households, are arranged as an illustration of late 19th century and early 20th century daily life. The following items, however, bear a connection to the family or are especially noteworthy:

  • Newel post lamp (Entrance Hall): Newel post lamps were common in middle and upper class Victorian homes. This lamp made of spelter (an affordable a lightweight zinc alloy) was copied after a 19th century bronze by Moreau, a French sculptor who worked in the increasingly popular Art Nouveau style.* The lamp features Aurora, Goddess of the Dawn. Middle class families would have enjoyed affordable copies of the more luxurious bronzes that only wealthier families could afford. The lamp on the piano (Parlour) is also a spelter fixture original to the home- representing Spring.

  • Art Nouveau: movement originating in late 19th century England in response to the historical leaning of architecture and design at the time. It was a decorative-arts movement that involved richly ornamented and asymmetrical designs that influenced furniture, fixtures and other household details (as well as jewelry, book illustrations and fine art).

  • Stained glass windows (Entrance Hall): The stained glass window to the left of the door is original to the home. The windows and shades were made in Vancouver at the turn of the century.

  • Coffered Ceiling (Entrance Hall and Parlour): Elegant 19th century homes would have had coffered ceiling designs as a decorative addition to their home. This detail is an example of the sophistication Rattenbury brought to the house.

  • Cranberry hanging lamp (Entrance Hall): This lamp once belonged to Major Matthews, Vancouvers first city archivist. He had once met and interviewed William Roedde. 

  • Stereopticon (Parlour): This viewing instrument was a popular toy and source of entertainment in the 19th century. One looks through the separate lenses at double 2D viewing cards, and the act of creating a separate viewing arrangement for each eye gives the appearance of a 3D image. The cards on display portray Canadian and international scenes.

  • Music cabinet (Parlour): the mahogany music cabinet belonged to the Roedde family and was used to hold sheet music. They were music lovers, and the children were allowed in the room to practice the piano.

  • Buckram covered paneling (Dining Room): The panels between the oak sideboards in the dining room are papered with maroon buckram, a fabric-like material used for book binding. After a fire in the house in December of 1913, when a Christmas tree decorated with real candles was knocked over, this material was an inovatove way to complete the parlor in a pared down Edwardian Arts and Crafts style - a later decorative arts movement that celebrated stylized designs of textiles and wallpapers, but also privileged functionality. (See charred window frames around the bay windows that remain from the fire).  During the house restoration in the 1980's the present paneling was installed using  buckram donated by Roedde Printing.

  • Matilda’s (Sewing Room): The armchair belonged to Matilda Roedde circa 1930s and was reupholstered in the 1990s.

  • Kitchen sink (Kitchen): The low sink may have been made for Mrs. Roedde, who was only 4'11" tall, (although memoirs transcribed during conversation with one of here granddaughters claim her to have been only 4'8". Before the home was installed with plumbing, it is likely that the Roeddes relied on well water.

  • Clawfoot tub (Bathroom):In 1893 the city's water line as well as the sewer line did not extend to our block, but the house was outfitted with a bathroom nonetheless in anticipation of a future connection to the line. The 1923 tub is from a bathroom renovation in the 1920's.

  • Gustav Roedde's pipe in the Den display cabinet: Beleived to be Mr. Roedde's German style pipe.

  • Examples of Roedde's bookbinding work are in the Den and exhibition room display cabinets. The lap desk or 'secretary' was among the items he produced. Also not the Easter 'suprise egg' made for his granddaughters Gwen and Kathleen Cather, containing a small China doll. These items reveal Gustav's creativity as a craftsman and his sensitivity as a doting grandfather.

  • Mounted dear heads (Den): Deer shot by Gustav Roedde in Stanley Park shows his interest in hunting.



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