33rd Annual Historic Homes Tour

Sep. 16, 2017, 10am-4pm


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about the tour

Take 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. See original architecture & woodwork dating back to 1879 highlighted by modern renovations in these Victorian, Craftsman, Cottage, and National style homes.

This year’s tour showcases 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.  

Go back in time and ride the Fort Collins trolley free on tour day between select homes, then hop on a free shuttle to experience the featured farm property on Overland trail -- complete with restored barn, renovated farm house and vintage farm equipment on display.  Guests visit homes and travel between tour properties at their own pace. Knowledgeable docents guide the tour at each location. 


tickets

Local ticket sales

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on tour day, with tickets available for purchase at each stop on tour day. All sales final. Advance tickets are available online and at the following local outlets:

  • 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.


Transportation

Trolley

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

Dellenbach Motors is providing a shuttle to the featured farm property on Overland Trial. Parking for the shuttle is located at:
Poudre Community Academy
2540 LaPorte Ave.

 


Presentation & Discussion
Architectural Darwinism: How houses evolve over time

  • Time: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, 7:00–8:30 pm
  • Location: The Coloradoan Community Room, 1300 Riverside Ave. Fort Collins
  • Speaker: Introduction and Overview by Pat Nelson
  • Panelists: Barbara Fleming, Robin Stitzel, Bill Whitley

Houses change over time, and the older the house, the more likely it is that something has been done to change its character or function. Open porches are enclosed, and kitchens are remodeled, enlarged, or moved entirely. Windows and doors are often removed or replaced. What clues should you look for to determine a previous layout or function? How did older homes offer comfort during very hot or very cold weather? Learn all this and more during our fourth annual architecture presentation and discussion.

Tickets: $10 and available for purchase online at poudrelandmarks.org or at the door.

Proceeds from the events support the nonprofit Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. For more information, email poudrelandmarks@gmail.com, call (970) 221-0533.


Sketches of 2017 tour homes 


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.