30th Annual

Historic Homes Tour

Travel Through Time: 150 Years in the Fort

Historic Homes Tour Tickets

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Fort Collins

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 on Tour Day

Travel Through Time with the 30th annual Historic Homes Tour.  This year’s tour is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Fort Collins.  Three centuries of buildings will represent a variety of architectural styles from the 1800’s, 1900’s, and 2,000’s.  The 9 properties on the tour range from Auntie Stone’s Cabin (the 1st permanent structure in Fort Collins) to Victorian beauties and mid-century modern homes. Tour guests may begin the tour at any of the tour locations, proceeding in any order they choose.  Trained docents at each location will guide guests through the homes and offer insight into the architecture and history of the home, as well as specific details unique to each location.  Tours of the 1879 Avery House and the 1882 Fort Collins Water Works are also included.  Tour guests ride the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Trolley for free on tour day! 

Be sure to visit the new “150 Years of Fashion in the Fort” exhibit at the Avery House. The exhibit examines how the clothes we wear tell the story of who we are. This large and varied costume and accessory exhibit presents garments from 1864 through 2014, from military and civic uniforms to elegant formal wear.  Exhibit highlights include Colorado State University athletic memorabilia, an exploration of the relationship between fashion and music, women’s wear 1850’s -2010’s, and military uniforms from 1960’s’1960’s. 

Tickets available online at www.poudrelandmarks.org, or at ticket outlets including The Cupboard, Downtown Ace Hardware, Perennial Gardener, Fort Collins Nursery, Clay’s Ace Hardware,  or at the Avery House on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 4 p.m.  

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the community of Fort Collins.  In 1864 Camp Collins was relocated to the present Old Town Fort Collins area following a devastating flood.  The Travel Through Time: 150 Years in the Fort Historic Homes Tour will celebrate this sesquicentennial anniversary.



Phone Number: (970) 221-0533
Email: poudrelandmarks@gmail.com 

Avery House

Water Works


This Exquisite home 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 on Mountain Avenue in Old Town Fort Collins and serves as a museum honoring life at the turn of the 20th Century.


The Water Works facility 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 which led gold seekers, emigrants, and outlaws through the western frontier.


PLF's mission is to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area Poudre Landmarks Foundation accomplishes this 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.