The 34th Annual Historic Homes Tour
Join us for the 34th Annual Historic Homes Tour Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This late-summer event opens six private residences and two historic city-owned properties to tour guests. Each private house has been exquisitely maintained by their owners to match the era and architecture of the home, with upgrades to match today’s lifestyle.
This year’s tour showcases Old Town Fort Collins historic homes built between 1879 and 1960. Many styles are represented: Victorian, Craftsman, Cottage, National, and Mid-Century Modern. The city-owned 1879 Avery House and 1883 Water Works are also part of the tour. The Avery House and 2 of the private tour homes are accessible from the Mountain Avenue trolley. Guests visit the homes and travel between tour properties at their own pace and in any order. Knowledgeable docents guide attendees through each location, pointing out architectural features, historical highlights, and details about how each home has been preserved and upgraded over the years.
Artists Paint 'En Plein Air on the tour
This year we are pleased to include the Northern Colorado Plein Air Painters in the tour! For the first time, area artists will be painting "In Plein Air" at each historic home. See the artists at work on the tour, and then take home your own piece of Fort Collins History at the art sale. Original works and Plein Air paintings from the event will be available for purchase.
Pre-Show Panel Discussion
A pre-tour Historic Homes Tour Architectural Panel Discussion is separately ticketed and will be held before the tour on September 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Edwards House Manor, 107 N. Meldrum St. in Fort Collins. Speakers include local historians Barbara Fleming, Robin Stitzel, and others. Each home on the tour will be discussed, as well as a discussion of Fort Collins history, and general architectural styles & terms. Tickets are $10 and available separately for purchase below or at the door.
Planning a wedding?
Consider tying the knot in the heart of old town Fort Collins, with the historic 1879 Avery House as your backdrop.
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Join us for a tour of the Avery House
The 1879 Avery House is open for tours Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 pm. Tours are about an hour and are offered by friendly, knowledgeable docents. Visit this charming home and spend a afternoon learning local history in cozy Victorian surroundings.