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PLF Seeking Applications

Water Works Grant Administrator 

1882-83 Fort Collins Water Works

Poudre Landmarks Foundation (PLF) is seeking applications for the temporary position of Grant Administrator for a History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) project at the 1882-83 Water Works facility, located at 2005 North Overland Trail in Fort Collins, Colorado. Duties of the selected individual are to administer SHF Grant Project # 14M2012: Water Works Construction Documents Project. The completed project will result in detailed construction documents to convert the facility into a Northern Colorado Water Interpretation Center. Grant Administrator will work with the PLF Executive Director, project task force, and selected document contractor to ensure compliance with SHF and other requirements. The project administration budget is $4,000. Project Deadline: December 31, 2014.   

More information on the History Colorado State Historical Fund can be found at

Applicants must possess a valid Colorado Driver's License, be a legal resident or citizen of the United States, and be available for meetings and by email and cell phone during the project.

Applications must be submitted to the Poudre Landmarks Foundation office by Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 2 p.m. Mountain Time Zone.  Electronic submissions preferred, or printed copy received in the PLF office by 2 p.m. March 25th.  


Poudre Landmarks Foundation

108 North Meldrum St.

Fort Collins, CO 80521


(970) 221-0533



Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Poudre Landmarks Foundation hosted two memorable events during the “Timeless Treasures” Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, September 14. This year Tour ticket holders were able to see five exceptional homes and the Avery House plus the new Colorado State University Early Childhood Center (former Washington School) and the 1882-1883 Fort Collins Water Works. And, a separate ticket for the “Landmark Luncheon” enabled a visit to the “Hunter House” for a delicious, catered meal accompanied by live music and entertained by a 1920s period fashion show. .

Timeless Treasures Historic Homes Tour and Silent Auction

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14

“Timeless Treasures” spans three centuries of architecture in Fort Collins. From Gothic to Craftsman to Mid-Century Modern and beyond, homes and public buildings on Tour this year represent styles from the 1800s to the 2000s. Although period exteriors of the homes are retained or slightly modified, the interior decorating skills and creativity of the present owners reminded Tour goers that vintage homes can be comfortable, contemporary settings for active family living.

Added attractions for the Tour this year were a Silent Auction held at the Schaap House on West Mountain Avenue and a display of exquisite vintage clothing at the Avery House representing three generations of the Hollowell family of Fort Collins. 

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.