See the Water Works: Catch 2016's Final Open House on Oct 8

the water works is located at 2005 n overland trail

the water works is located at 2005 n overland trail

The 1883 Fort Collins Water Works holds free monthly open houses on the second Saturday of each month, May through October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission, donations appreciated. No reservations required.

There is one 2016 tour date remaining: Oct 8!

Built in 1882–1883, Fort Collins’ first public works project includes 23 acres, four buildings, and two historic irrigation ditches. Tour guides offer insights into the architecture and construction of the buildings as well as the engineering of the turbines, pumps, and filter system. A nearly century-old orchard on the site features several early varieties of apple trees. In addition, one of Larimer County’s largest cottonwood trees is located at the Water Works. During tour season, the Water Works makes a great scenic stop for bicyclists enjoying the community’s many bike trails.


An Eyestone Elementary 2nd grader's note shows the positive impact the avery house has on our community

An Eyestone Elementary 2nd grader's note shows the positive impact the avery house has on our community

Interested in a private tour for your school or group? Arranging a private Avery House tour is easy! 

Historic Homes Tour a Success

PLF would like to thank all who helped make the 32nd Annual Historic Homes Tour, held Sep. 10, possible. These gracious homeowners opened their homes for this year’s tour: Tara Holloway & Aaron Orr; K-Lynn Cameron & Bob Keller; Stephen & Jane Roberti; Carol Fustos; Lance & Susan Kanemasu; Rick & Ellen Fletcher.

These major sponsors helped make the tour possible: City of Fort Collins Fort Fund; The Coloradoan; Downtown Ace Hardware; The Group, Inc.; Heinsight Solutions; Janell Prussman of RE/MAX Alliance; Fort Collins Museum of Discovery; and Wattle & Daub Contractors.

Our thanks to the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society for providing free trolley rides to tour guests, the Trattoria Oreganata food truck for being at the Avery House during the tour, the City of Fort Collins for event bike racks and for great care of the Avery House and Water Works, and Forgotten Fort Collins for promotional help.

We extend a special thank you to Historic Homes Tour chair Lynda Lloyd, the PLF board of directors, the many volunteers who donated their time and labor, and all the guests who took the tour. Proceeds from the Historic Homes Tour help PLF in its mission to keep local history alive through care of the Avery House and the Water Works and through our programs and events focused on early life in Fort Collins. 


Give Where You Live

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 ColoradoGives.org 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 23-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.