Holiday Events at the
Avery House

Come to the Avery House and experience the magic of a Victorian holiday!

Thanksgiving Weekend
House Tours and Boutique
Sat & Sun Nov 28 & 29 – 1 to 4 pm

'Twas the Night Before Christmas*
$3 per child includes book reading, house tour, hot cocoa.
Fri Dec 4 at 6 pm & Sat Dec 5 at 4:30 pm
*Limited seating; advance purchase required:
Buy tickets for Dec. 4, 6:00 pm reading
Buy tickets for Dec. 5, 4:30 pm reading

Holiday Open House
House Tours and Boutique
Sat & Sun Dec 5 & 6 – 11 am to 4 pm

Holiday Tea at the Carriage House
Varied times and dates available for 10 to 12 guests.
For information and reservations, contact us at or (970) 221-0533.

Shop the Avery Boutique
Crafted items, gifts, candy and baked items, books.
Enjoy complimentary hot cider while shopping.
Sat & Sun Nov 28 & 29 – 1 to 4 pm
Sat & Sun Dec 5–6 – 11 am to 4 pm
Sat & Sun Dec 12 & 13 – 1 to 4 pm

Admission to the house tours is free; donations are always appreciated.

Local Artist Showcases Water Works' Beauty

Plein air artist Carl Judson has been painting the Water Works for years and has kindly let PLF post an album of his paintings on our website. His works evoke the beauty not only of the Water Works acreage but of the buildings themselves in different seasons and lights.

Carl says, "I am fascinated by the patterns of colors and shapes in the ordinary aspects of our world. The interplay between the abstract beauty of these patterns, the subject matter, the sensuousness of the paints, and the rich variety of painting surfaces defines the dimensions of my painting world. . . . I try to balance these factors in each small painting in as straightforward a manner as I can within the time constraints of painting on the spot with constantly changing light and moving subject matter."
The Water Works' 2015 open-house season has ended, but while the weather holds, private tours for groups of 10 or more can be arranged by emailing or calling PLF.

Click the image to go to the full album of Carl Judson's Water Works art.

Click the image to go to the full album of Carl Judson's Water Works art.

Big Changes Ahead for 1883 Water Works 

PLF’s dream of a Water Works Water Interpretation Center for Northern Colorado is soon to be realized! Detailed plans for the center were recently finalized through a construction document project funded by the Colorado State Historical Fund, Poudre Heritage Alliance, and the City of Fort Collins. Stewart Architecture of Louisville, CO, created the documents that PLF and future contractors will use to complete the work.

Picture arriving at the Water Works property through a new entrance off Overland Trail, walking through the apple orchard on maintained pathways, entering the climate-controlled Water Works building, and finding state-of-the-art exhibits highlighting the Water Works site and other water topics. You’ll also have access to the Caretaker’s House for restrooms and meeting areas. 

Maintaining this rural, historical site is of utmost importance. The site is registered as a State and Local Historic Landmark, thereby ensuring that all upgrades or changes to the site meet strict preservation guidelines. 

PLF must raise well over $1 million to bring our vision to fruition. Fundraising will begin in 2016, with construction soon to follow. The project will be split into several phases to allow continued access to the site during construction.

We extend a sincere thank you to the State Historical Fund, Poudre Heritage Alliance, and the City of Fort Collins for helping us put our vision on paper.


Donations to Poudre Landmarks Foundation keep history alive in Fort Collins. Join us as we build a community that understands, appreciates, and values its past. Online donations to Poudre Landmarks Foundation are processed through year round. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The exquisite Avery House was built in 1879 and was the family home of Franklin and Sara Avery and their three children. The home was built of sandstone from local quarries and includes a carriage house, large yard, gazebo, and fountain. The Avery House is located at 328 W. Mountain Avenue in Old Town Fort Collins and serves as a museum honoring life at the turn of the 19th century. Open each Saturday & Sunday, 1–4 p.m. 

The Water Works facility at 2005 N. Overland Trail was constructed in 1882–83 to provide the growing town of Fort Collins with an adequate supply of water for fighting the building fires that plagued the early township. The facility is located at the western edge of Fort Collins on a 26-acre site that also features a portion of the Cherokee and Overland trails that led gold seekers, emigrants, and outlaws through the western frontier.

Poudre Landmarks Foundation's mission is to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. PLF accomplishes this mission through the care and management of Historic Landmark sites owned by the City of Fort Collins, and by providing educational programs and events focused on early life in Fort Collins.