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The 34th Annual Historic Homes Tour

 


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Join us for the 34th Annual  Historic  Homes  Tour  Saturday,  September  15,  10  a.m.  to 4  p.m. This  late-summer  event  opens  six  private  residences  and  two  historic  city-owned  properties  to  tour  guests.  Each  private  house  has  been  exquisitely  maintained  by  their  owners  to  match  the  era  and  architecture  of  the  home,  with  upgrades  to  match  today’s  lifestyle.  

This  year’s  tour  showcases  Old  Town  Fort  Collins  historic  homes  built  between  1879  and  1960.  Many  styles  are  represented:  Victorian,  Craftsman,  Cottage,  National,  and  Mid-Century  Modern.  The  city-owned  1879  Avery  House  and  1883  Water  Works  are  also  part  of  the  tour.  The  Avery  House  and  2  of  the  private  tour  homes  are  accessible  from  the  Mountain  Avenue  trolley.  Guests  visit  the  homes  and  travel  between  tour  properties  at  their  own  pace  and  in  any  order.  Knowledgeable  docents  guide  attendees  through  each  location,  pointing  out  architectural  features,  historical  highlights,  and  details  about  how  each  home  has  been  preserved  and  upgraded  over  the  years. 

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Plein Air Painters on the Tour

This year we are pleased to include the Northern Colorado Plein Air Painters in the tour! For the first time, area artists will be painting "In Plein Air" at each historic home. This is painting of the Avery House is by local artist Jenifer Cline. See the artists at work on the tour, and then get your own piece of Fort Collins History at the HHT Art Sale.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on tour day, with tickets available for purchase at each stop on tour day. Advance tickets are available online now at poudrelandmarks.org and will be available at the following local outlets beginning August 16: 

•    Ace Hardware of Fort Collins, 1001 E. Harmony Rd.
•    Downtown Ace Hardware, 215 S. College Ave.
•    Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 E. Mulberry St.
•    Josephs’ Hardware & Home Center, 2160 W. Drake Rd.
•    Perennial Gardener/Sense of Place, 154 N. College Ave. 

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Tour attendees may ride the Municipal Railway Trolley (fortcollinstrolley.org) free on the day of the tour.     

A pre-tour Historic Homes Tour Architectural Panel Discussion is separately ticketed and will be held before the tour on September 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Edwards House Manor, 107 N. Meldrum St. in Fort Collins. Speakers include local historians Barbara Fleming, Robin Stitzel, and others. Each home on the tour will be discussed, as well as a discussion of Fort Collins history, and general architectural styles & terms. Tickets are $10 and available separately for purchase below or at the door.
 


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Artists Paint 'En Plein Air' on the 34th Annual Historic Homes Tour

This year we are pleased to include the Northern Colorado Plein Air Painters in the tour! For the first time, area artists will be painting "In Plein Air" at each historic home.  See the artists at work on the tour, and then take home your own piece of Fort Collins History at the art sale. 


Thanks for joining us for our

33rd Annual Historic Homes Tour

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Guests took a step back in time with us in Fort Collins on Saturday, Sept. 16th to walk through 8 historic homes -- 6 private and 2 city-owned properties. They saw original architecture & woodwork dating back to 1879 highlighted by modern renovations in these Victorian, Craftsman, Cottage, and National style homes. 

The 2017 tour showcased Old Town Fort Collins historic homes built between 1879 and 1920, and one home built in 2008 with the spirit of old town in mind. Each private house has been maintained by their owners to match the era and architecture of the home.  Guests visited homes and traveled between tour properties at their own pace. 


read more about the 2017 tour homes


Photos from the 2017 Historic Homes Tour


Photos & Details from the 2016 Historic Homes Tour

Here are details and photos from the 2016 tour: 

The 2016 tour gave visitors a look inside six historic Old Town Fort Collins homes, the 1879 Avery House, and the 1883 Water Works. The Historic Homes Tour is self-guided, and at each location, there are knowledgeable docents who guide you through the home or building at your own pace. You can tour the locations in any order.

In 2016, we had a food truck selling refreshments at the Avery House during the tour. The Trattoria Oreganata food truck was a tasty hit among tour goers, and the truck sold out of all its food!

Tickets for the 2017 tour will be available online and at several local outlets approximately one month before the tour. Here are the local outlets that have sold tickets in the past and will likely sell them again in 2017:

  • Ace Hardware of Fort Collins, 1001 E. Harmony Rd.
  • The Cupboard, 152 S. College Ave.
  • Downtown Ace Hardware, 215 S. College Ave.
  • Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 E. Mulberry St.
  • Josephs’ Hardware & Home Center, 2160 W. Drake Rd.
  • Perennial Gardener/Sense of Place, 154 N. College Ave.
  • Avery House (open 1-4 p.m., Sat. and Sun.), 328 W. Mountain Ave.

Tour attendees ride the Municipal Railway Trolley free on the day of the tour. PLF extends our thanks to the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society for this courtesy.

Proceeds from the Historic Homes Tour go toward the nonprofit Poudre Landmarks Foundation's mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area.


Poudre Landmarks Foundation thanks the generous sponsors whose support helps make the Historic Homes Tour possible. Please give your support to these sponsors' businesses, which contribute so much to Fort Collins' uniqueness.

We are proud to be media partners with Forgotten Fort Collins. Visit ForgottenFortCollins.com to explore the history of Fort Collins and surrounding areas.