Visit historic properties during Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s home tour

PHOTO BY NORMA ANDERSON A historic farmhouse on South Overland Trail is part of the Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s September 16 tour. Guests will be able to view vintage farm equipment and the barn, which has been preserved and is still in use today.

Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s annual Historic Homes Tour is on Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(submitted by Poudre Landmarks Foundation)

This event opens six private residences and two historic city-owned properties to tour guests. 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. Many styles are represented: Victorian, Craftsman, Cottage, and National. Each private house has been maintained by their owners to match the era and architecture of the home.

The city-owned 1879 Avery House and 1883 Water Works are also part of the tour. The Avery House and three of the private tour homes are accessible from the Mountain Avenue trolley. The tour also features a unique farm property on Overland Trail, which will be accessed via shuttle.

Booming growth was going on in Fort Collins 100 years ago, too—the Water Works pump house on North Overland Trail, first delivery system for water to homes and business and for fire prevention, was outgrown less than 20 years after it was built.

Guests visit the homes and travel between tour properties at their own pace. Knowledgeable docents guide the tour at each location.

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 and will be available at the following local outlets, all in Fort Collins, beginning August 16:

  • Clay’s Ace Hardware, 1001 East Harmony Road
  • Downtown Ace Hardware, 215 South College Avenue
  • Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry Street
  • Josephs’ Hardware & Home Center, 2160 West Drake Road
  • Perennial Gardener/Sense of Place, 154 North College Avenue

Tour attendees may ride the Municipal Railway Trolley ( for free on the day of the tour.

Proceeds from the events support the non-profit 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, call (970) 221-0533, or visit

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