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Featured Tour Home
The Lambert House, 1905
Style: Folk Victorian

This Folk Victorian home has a pitched roof and cross gable with returns. It was originally built in 1905 as a 1,500-square-foot three-bedroom house with no bathrooms, even though Fort Collins had city water available. A previous owner turned one of the bedrooms into a large bathroom. In that bathroom the current owners kept one of the original windows for an architectural reference point. John and Anna Lyndon were the first owners of this home in the Loomis Addition. Then in 1916 Isaac Riddle sold the property to Henry Dietz for “one dollar and other valuable considerations.” This small house had many owners over the years, including J.R. Straub in 1962. He was the head of research for Forney Industries, which is still in business in Fort Collins.

In 2011 John and Vicki Lambert purchased this home and began a restoration and addition at the same time. The challenge for the Lamberts was to double the square footage and maintain the historic appeal. In keeping with the original design they put beadboard cabinets in the kitchen and kept one of the original cabinets for storage in the upstairs closet.

Mr. Lambert did all of the woodwork and saved the original doors and hardware. He also built the breakfast nook in the same beadboard style. In the dining room and entryway, the built-in hutch and staircase are original to the house. The fireplaces have been removed but the Lamberts left the exposed brick chimney as a design feature both upstairs and downstairs. The lot is over 9,000 square feet. This allowed the owners to build a carriage house but because of building codes, they had to connect the two structures with a bridge. The addition is a seamless blend of the old with the new.

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The Aaron Kitchel House, 1890 Queen Anne Cottage

The Kitchel House was built about 1890, when Fort Collins was growing at a rapid pace with a population of about 2,000 people. The first owner was Aaron Kitchel, a Mayflower descendant and Civil War veteran of the 23rd Iowa Infantry.

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Craftsman cottage, 1920
This sweet, compact house was built with simplicity and practicality. It is a side-gabled house with a shed dormer. It sits on a small lot created from the larger lots facing Mountain Avenue and Oak Street. This house is an excellent example of how a very small property can become a beautiful, efficient modern home.
Featured Farm Property: The Foster House, 1905

This property is unique to the Historic Homes Tour - in 1905, this property was on 55 acres including pasture, crops and apple orchard. When it was first sold in 1905, it even included shares in the North Poudre Irrigation Company to irrigate the ...

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Charming & elegant single-story 1908 Folk National

Jan and Gene Meyer's home on historic Smith Street is a charming and elegant example of a single-story, Folk National style with its hip roof, front gable and a cozy, covered front porch. When the Meyers purchased the home, it was a...

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Before the Tour: Presentation & Discussion
Presentation & Discussion:
Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 7 - 8:30 PM
Coloradoan Community Room
Tickets: $10
Upcoming Events
2005 Overland Trail, Fort Collins
  • Saturday, Sept. 16 10-4 PM
  • Saturday, Oct. 14 10-3 PM

The Water Works is a stop on the Historic Homes Tour. If you're not taking part in the Historic Homes Tour, you can still tour the Water Works free (donations appreciated.)

Avery House Open for Tours
328 W. Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins
Saturdays & Sundays, 1 - 4 PM

Join us at the Avery House for docent-led tours to learn about this historic home and the family who lived in it. Free, donations appreciated.

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