Historic Homes Feature: A Picture-Perfect Textbook American Ranch House

Historic Homes Feature: A Picture-Perfect Textbook American Ranch House

502 E Elizabeth is a classic Craftsman bungalow with clean, elegant lines. Built in 1924 by W. E. Bails, it passed through several owners, many professors at Colorado A & M (later Colorado State University), until the Cross family purchased it in 1936.

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Historic Homes Feature: A Classic Bungalow With Modern Twists

Historic Homes Feature: A Classic Bungalow With Modern Twists

502 E Elizabeth is a classic Craftsman bungalow with clean, elegant lines. Built in 1924 by W. E. Bails, it passed through several owners, many professors at Colorado A & M (later Colorado State University), until the Cross family purchased it in 1936.

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Historic Homes Feature: A Cozy and Elegant Turn of the Century Craftsman

Historic Homes Feature: A Cozy and Elegant Turn of the Century Craftsman

Jim Dennison’s one-story painted brick Craftsman home at 1100 West Oak Street provides a wonderful example of the small but elegant turn-of-the-century houses common to Oak Street. As with most houses, it blends several styles. It has a Craftsman shape with a front gable and deep soffits but no rafter tails. The round window, leaded pane glass on the porch, and bow window are more Victorian.

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Historic Homes Feature: A Labor of Love for a Colonial Revival/Queen Anne Hybrid

Historic Homes Feature: A Labor of Love for a Colonial Revival/Queen Anne Hybrid

Professor Clarence P. Gillette took up his post as Colorado Agricultural College’s first entomologist in 1891. In 1905, he and his wife Clara began construction on this beautiful home here on Elizabeth St, where they lived with their two daughters, Florence and Esther. In 1905, building styles were evolving from Victorian to early twentieth century styles. This home features predominantly Colonial Revival elements such as the low-pitched roof, asymmetrical yet balanced front facade, centered front door with front door sidelights, and bay and grouped double-hung windows.

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Historic Homes Feature: Opening Up a Minimal Traditional Classic

 Historic Homes Feature: Opening Up a Minimal Traditional Classic

Built in 1907, the Dura & Neil Graham House is an eclectic bungalow, incorporating elements of the Shingle Style, with strong Italianate, Craftsman, and Prairie influences. The rusticated sandstone foundation, typical of many Fort Collins homes built prior to the Great War, fits nicely into the aesthetic of the Shingle Style.

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Historic Homes Feature: Charming Eclectic Bungalow Built in 1907

Historic Homes Feature: Charming Eclectic Bungalow Built in 1907

Built in 1907, the Dura & Neil Graham House is an eclectic bungalow, incorporating elements of the Shingle Style, with strong Italianate, Craftsman, and Prairie influences. The rusticated sandstone foundation, typical of many Fort Collins homes built prior to the Great War, fits nicely into the aesthetic of the Shingle Style.

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Historic Homes Feature: Cozy Craftsman Cottage built in 1920

Historic Homes Feature: Cozy Craftsman Cottage built in 1920

This compact house was built with simplicity and practicality. It is a side-gabled house with a shed dormer. It sits on a small lot created from the larger lots facing Mountain Avenue and Oak Street. This home was built in 1920, as listed on the 1948 tax assessor form. Unfortunately, both the county tax books and the City of Fort Collins directories are missing for 1920, leaving the name of the original owner lost to history.

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Historic Homes Feature: Charming & elegant single-story 1908 Folk National

Historic Homes Feature: Charming & elegant single-story 1908 Folk National

Jan and Gene Meyer’s home on historic Smith Street is a charming and elegant example of a single-story, Folk National style with its hip roof, front gable and a cozy, covered front porch. When the Meyers purchased the home, it was a 978-square-foot, two-bedroom home with a small enclosed back porch. The Meyers replaced the back porch with a beautiful master bedroom suite and a laundry room, while faithfully restoring the rest of the home to its original design.

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Historic Homes Tour Feature: 1905 Farm Property on Overland Trail

Historic Homes Tour Feature: 1905 Farm Property on Overland Trail

This property is unique to the Historic Homes Tour – in 1905, this property was on 55 acres including pasture, crops and apple orchard. When it was first sold in 1905, it even included shares in the North Poudre Irrigation Company to irrigate the land.

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Historic Home Feature: 1905 Folk Victorian

Historic Home Feature: 1905 Folk Victorian

This Folk Victorian home has a pitched roof and cross gable with returns. The owners tackled quite a challenge: how do you double square footage while maintaining the historic charm? It was originally built in 1905 as a 1,500-square-foot three-bedroom house with no bathrooms, even though Fort Collins had city water available.

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Historic Homes Feature: The Aaron Kitchel House, 1890 Queen Anne Cottage

Historic Homes Feature: The Aaron Kitchel House, 1890 Queen Anne Cottage

The Kitchel House was built about 1890, when Fort Collins was growing at a rapid pace with a population of about 2,000 people. The first owner was Aaron Kitchel, a Mayflower descendant and Civil War veteran of the 23rd Iowa Infantry.

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Historic Homes Feature: Eco-friendly modern home built to match historic style

Historic Homes Feature: Eco-friendly modern home built to match historic style

The Carlson home was newly built in 2008 and represents the spirit of Old Town in its comfortable, country-style ethic and Rocky Mountain appeal. Read more to find out how they blended modern eco-friendly features with historic elements.

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