The 34th Annual Historic Homes Tour
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.
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.
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.
Northern Colorado Plein Air Painters x Poudre Landmarks Foundation
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
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:
- See detailed information about each building on the 2016 tour
- See photos from the 2016 tour
- Tour-related lecture: Architectural Darwinism — Separately ticketed lecture held on Sept. 8, 2016, 7–8:30 p.m. Plans are to hold a similar lecture in 2017. We sold out of seats in 2015 and 2016, and with the increasing interest, we will look for a bigger venue to accommodate this event in 2017.
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.
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.