He entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an architectural student, and was graduated in 1891.
Following graduation in 1891, he moved to Pittsfield to start practice. Mr. Vance maintained a professional office in Pittsfield over a period of fifty years.
In the years that followed, Mr. Vance won recognition in designing several public buildings in Pittsfield, including the Registry of Deeds, the First Baptist Church, Colonial Theatre and the Church of Christ Scientist. He was also architect of the fashionable Aspinwall Hotel in Lenox, Mass, (destroyed by fire in 1935), and prepared plans for the Lodge on the top of Mount Greylock.