opening doors to the past
The Avery House was built in 1879 by Franklin Avery. 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.The Avery House, gazebo, fountain, and carriage house are part of the Avery House Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Avery House is open for tours Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
The mission of the Poudre Landmarks Foundation is to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. PLF manages two historic properties: The 1879 Avery House and the 1883 Water Works.
Help us achieve our vision: a community that understands, appreciates, and values its past.
Join us at the Avery House for docent-led tours to learn about this historic home and the family who lived in it. In 1879, Franklin Avery 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.
Tour the Avery House, decorated in Victorian holiday style. Expert volunteer docents guide you through the home, telling the story of early life in Fort Collins and teaching about restored & preserved historic artifacts and architecture.
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