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 and envisions a community that understands, appreciates, and values its past. PLF manages two historic properties owned by the City of Fort Collins: The 1879 Avery House and the 1883 Water Works.