Leave a Message

Thank you for your message. We will be in touch with you shortly.

What to Expect at The Fort Collins Historic Homes Tour 2023

Todd Sledge August 22, 2023

Historic Buildings Open During the Tour

Let’s take a look at the seven private and public properties open during the 2023 Fort Collins Historic Homes Tour!

1029 Laporte Avenue

This charming five-bedroom California-bungalow style home was built in 1898 and is one of only two private homes on the tour. Notable features include the stone exterior, screened-in porch, cozy fireplace, clawfoot tub, and finished basement.

220 South Sherwood Street

Also known as the Snook/Hale House, this Craftsman-style cottage home was built in 1916 and was designated as a local landmark in 2005. It is the second private home on this tour.

308 Cherry Street

The Thomas House was built in 1918 and became the first Fort Collins landmark designation in 2021 due to the role it played in the city’s Black history. It was once the home of Virgil Thomas, who is believed to be the first Black graduate of Fort Collins High School. Today, it houses the Immigration Law Office of Kimberly Baker Medina.

425 10th Street

This 1927 adobe home was originally the home of John Romero and his family. Today, it serves as the Museo de las Tres Colonias, a museum focused on Hispanic life in Fort Collins and working conditions in the area’s sugar beet industry.

330 North Howes Street

The Fort Collins Trolley Barn is a Mission-style brick building built in 1907. It served as the depot for the city’s streetcar system, which ran from 1907-1951. It was added to Fort Collins’ local landmark registry in 1992.

328 West Mountain Avenue

The 1879 Avery House was originally built for $3,000 in 1879 using sandstone from local quarries. Franklin Avery and his wife Sara raised their children in the house and added several additions throughout the years, including the iconic Queen Anne tower. Today, the house, the Margareth Merrill Memorial Gazebo, the fountain, and the carriage house are all part of the Avery House Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it’s all maintained by Poudre Landmarks Foundation.

2005 North Overland Trail

Also maintained by Poudre Landmarks Foundation, The 1883 Water Works was Fort Collins’ first public works project. Today, the landmark consists of more than 20 acres, four buildings, two ditches, vintage apple trees and more, but the main attraction is the original Gothic Revival pump house, which received water from the supply canal and the Cache la Poudre River.

How to Get Tickets

Tickets for the Fort Collins Historic Homes Tour can be purchased for $25 per guest in advance and $30 per guest when purchased on the day of the tour. Tickets are available online now or at the following participating outlets starting on August 25: Ace Hardware of Fort CollinsDowntown Ace HardwareThe CupboardJoseph’s Hardware and Home Center, and Perennial Gardener/Sense of PlacePoudre Landmarks Foundation members will receive a discount on tickets, ranging from 15–25% off, based on their membership level.

About the Poudre Landmark Foundation

The Poudre Landmarks Foundation stands as a beacon of historical appreciation in the Fort Collins community, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich architectural and cultural heritage of the area. Through their meticulous efforts, they safeguard two cherished landmarks, the 1879 Avery House and the 1883 Water Works, both underlining the foundation’s commitment to nurturing a deep understanding of the past.
The Fort Collins Historic Homes Tour, a crowning jewel in the Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s endeavors, stands as the cornerstone of their fundraising initiatives. This remarkable fundraising event, meticulously planned over almost a year, requires the dedicated efforts of around 100 volunteers who contribute their time and enthusiasm to make it a resounding success. Serving as a celebration of both historical significance and community engagement, the tour not only generates essential funds for the foundation but also fosters a deeper connection between the people of Fort Collins and their heritage.

Want to Help?

The foundation is still searching for volunteers to help the event run smoothly! Volunteers are rewarded with a unique opportunity to explore the tour before or after their shift. For those eager to partake in this meaningful endeavor, visit this page and fill out the volunteer form.

Updates + More Information

Visit the Poudre Landmarks Foundation website for more information — and follow the foundation on Facebook and Instagram for more updates as the event draws near!
If you’re looking for more historic properties, check out these must-visit historic sites in Fort Collins. And if you want to buy an older home of your own, we can help with that too! Contact us to get connected with one of our agents working in Northern Colorado.

Work With Us

We believe in being a “no pressure” Real Estate Agent who will work within your time frame to achieve your real estate goals. My team of specialists and I work hard to provide the best service possible for our clients so that they will consider me not only their friend but their Real Estate Agent for life.