The 1879 Avery House


Open Sat. & Sun. 1–4 p.m.

328 W. Mountain Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Fort Collins has Franklin Avery to thank for the wide streets in Fort Collins; he took advantage of the open spaces when he surveyed the town in 1873. Avery later founded First National Bank and was instrumental in developing water projects that enabled agriculture to flourish in northern Colorado.

In 1879, he and his wife Sara built a family home on the corner of Mountain Avenue and Meldrum Street and raised their children, Edgar, Ethel, and Louise, there. The original two-story home consisted of two rooms on the first floor, now the entry area and dining room; three bedrooms upstairs; and a basement. Constructed of sandstone from local quarries, the house cost $3,000 when it was built. During the ensuing years, the Averys added to the house several times; the final addition included the distinctive Queen Anne tower.

Members of the Avery family lived in the house until 1962 when it was sold. Poudre Landmarks Foundation, Inc., was formed in 1972. The group worked with the City of Fort Collins to purchase the home in 1974 at a cost of $79,000. PLF then took responsibility to oversee restoration of the house. In 1981, Poudre Landmarks Foundation organized the Avery House Historic District Guild to assist with the project.

The house, Margareth Merrill Memorial Gazebo, fountain, and carriage house are part of the Avery House Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Holiday Open House at the Avery House


Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 2 - 3
11 AM - 4 PM

Join us to see the Avery House decorated in Victorian Holiday style. You'll see Victorian Christmas trees, hear live music throughout the day and see a special appearance from Grandfather Christmas. 

Free and open to all. Donations appreciated.

No holiday tea in 2017

Poudre Landmarks Foundation is unable to host the holiday tea this year. Please join us for our holiday open house instead. 

If you are interested in supporting Poudre Landmarks Foundation to ensure future events like these can continue, please contact us. 

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