opening doors to the past
Built in 1882-1883, the 1883 Water Works includes 26 acres, 4 buildings, 2 historic irrigation ditches, and more. A 100-year-old orchard features seven early varieties of apple trees. In addition, one of the largest cottonwood trees in Larimer County is located at the Water Works. Visitors can see the many improvements completed at the historic property through the efforts of the City of Fort Collins, the Poudre Landmarks Foundation, and its auxiliary, the Friends of the Water Works. Come tour Fort Collins' first public works project and discover the history of water development and use in the Fort Collins area.
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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