Historic Homes Tour Happens September 10

Mark your calendars for the 32nd Annual Historic Homes Tour, happening on Saturday, September 10, 10:00-4:00. Tickets are available online now and will be available for in-person purchase at several local retail stores about one month before the event.

See inside six historic Old Town Fort Collins homes, the 1879 Avery House, and the 1883 Water Works. This year, all the tour stops except the Water Works building are within walking distance of each other. Plus, a food truck will be selling refreshments at the Avery House.  Stay tuned here for more details. We hope to see you at the 2016 tour!

Eventbrite - Historic Homes Tour 2016

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! 

Upcoming Lecture: Architectural Darwinism

Don't miss our Historic Homes Tour–related lecture and discussion! Architectural Darwinism: How Houses Evolve Over Time, is separately ticketed from the Historic Homes Tour and occurs two days before the tour, on September 8, 7:00–8:30 p.m., at The Source, 121 E. Mountain Ave. Speakers include local historian Barbara Fleming, local historic preservationist Katie Dorn, and several PLF board members. Tickets are $10 (advance only) and available for purchase online.

Eventbrite - Historic Homes Lecture 2016: Architectural Darwinism

the 1883 fort collins water works is located at 2005 n overland trail in fort collins

the 1883 fort collins water works is located at 2005 n overland trail in fort collins

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.

Remaining 2016 Tour Dates: Aug 13 | Sep 10 | 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. 


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.