Water Works Open Houses Start in May

In May, the Water Works resumes its monthly open houses on the second Saturday of each month, through October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Built in 1882-1883, the Water Works includes 26 acres, 4 buildings, 2 historic irrigation ditches, and more. A 100-year-old orchard features seven early varieties of apple trees. In addition, one of the largest cottonwood trees in Larimer County is located at the Water Works. 

Visitors can see the many improvements completed at the historic property through the efforts of the City of Fort Collins, the Poudre Landmarks Foundation, and its auxiliary, the Friends of the Water Works. 

Come tour Fort Collins' first public works project and discover the history of water development and use in the Fort Collins area.


Tickets on Sale Now for Tea on the Avery Lawn

Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Enjoy Tea on the Avery Lawn! Experience a traditional tea, a demo of a Japanese tea ceremony, a silent auction, and a tour of the Avery House exhibit highlighting the Avery family's early-1900s Japan tours. Vintage attire welcome. Royal-Tea group tables available upon reservation! Tickets $25.

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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. Open each Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m. 

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.

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.