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The 35th Annual Historic Homes Tour
Saturday, September 14 | 10 am - 4 pm
About the Tour
Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s annual Historic Homes Tour is on Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This late-summer event opens six private residences, an historic inn, and two historic city-owned properties to tour guests. Each private house has been exquisitely maintained by their owners to match the era and architecture of the home, with upgrades to match today’s lifestyle.

This year’s tour showcases many styles of Old Town Fort Collins historic homes built between 1879 and 1961: Victorian, Italianate, Cottage, American Foursquare, Masonry Ranch, and Minimal Traditional. The Edwards House Inn and the city-owned 1879 Avery House and 1883 Water Works are also part of the tour. The Avery House, Edwards House, and 2 of the private tour homes are accessible from the Mountain Avenue trolley. Guests visit the homes and travel between tour properties at their own pace and in any order. Knowledgeable docents guide attendees through each location, pointing out architectural features, historical highlights, and details about how each home has been preserved and upgraded over the years.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on tour day, with tickets available for purchase at several locations on tour day. Advance tickets are available online now at and will be available at the following local outlets beginning August 14: 

• Ace Hardware of Fort Collins, 1001 E. Harmony Rd.
• Downtown Ace Hardware, 215 S. College Ave. 
• Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 E. Mulberry St. 
• Josephs’ Hardware and Home Center, 2160 W. Drake Rd. A-5
• Perennial Gardener/Sense of Place, 154 N. College Ave. 

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

A pre-tour Historic Homes Tour Architectural Panel Discussion is separately ticketed and will be held before the tour. Speakers include local historians Barbara Fleming, Robin Stitzel and others. Each home on the tour will be discussed, as well as a discussion of Fort Collins history, and general architectural styles & terms. Check below for more information about the panel!
Kick Off the Historic Homes Tour with the First Annual Historic Pub Crawl
Friday, September 13 | 7 p.m. | Avery House
328 W. Mountain Ave. Fort Collins
The First Annual Historic Pub Crawl

Join the Poudre Landmarks Foundation and fans of local history as they kick off the 35 th Annual Historic Homes tour with a celebratory pub crawl in Old Town Fort Collins. The pub crawl will meet at 7 pm at the Avery House, 328 W. Mountain Ave. and take a walking tour of some of the historically and architecturally significant bars in the area. A knowledgeable docent will lead the tour, discussing the features and stories of each location in detail and entertaining with trivia games and the opportunity to win drinks! Participating businesses include:

·        Blind Pig
·        The Forge
·        Steak Out Saloon
·        Town Pump

Once again this year we are pleased to include the Northern Colorado Plein Air Painters in the tour. For the first time, area artists will be painting "En Plein Air" at each historic home. Artists will render open-air original artwork of the tour, the homes, and the environment for the duration of the event. These original works and previously created studio and Plein Air paintings will be available for purchase at a special pop-up gallery at the Avery Carriage House, 108 N. Meldrum St., Fort Collins 80521. The gallery and sale will operate from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the day of the tour. Historic Homes Tour Guests are encouraged to attend, but the public and interested buyers and the press need not be ticket holders to do so.

Local artists featured in this collaborative event include Kevin Aldrich, Kay Borrett, Marilynn Brandenburger, Jenifer Cline, Andrea Gabel, Nelia Harper, Victoria Lisi, Tirsh Murtha, Scott Ruthven, Susan Taylor, and Sue Yuma. 

About Plein Air Painting
Plein Air painting dates back centuries, but was popularized by the French Impressionists. To paint “En Plein Air” means to paint outside, capturing the environment as opposed to working in a studio environment. The method is resurging in popularity, and many groups of artists such as the Northern Colorado Plein Air Painters participate in regular “paint outs” such as this one on the Historic Homes Tour.

Before the Tour: Presentation & Discussion
Pre-Tour Panel:
Fort Collins Evolves

Monday, Sept. 10 | 7 - 8:30 PM
Edwards House Manor
107 N. Meldrum
Tickets: $10
A pre-tour Historic Homes Tour Architectural Panel Discussion is separately ticketed and will be held before the tour on September 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Edwards House Montezuma Room, 107 N. Meldrum St. in Fort Collins. Speakers include local historians Barbara Fleming, Robin Stitzel, and others. Each home on the tour will be discussed, as well as a discussion of Fort Collins history, and general architectural styles & terms .
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970-221-0533 | 108 N. Meldrum Street Fort Collins, CO |
Board Members:
Thom Tisthammer, President | Kimberly Miller, Vice President | Tom Boardman, Treasurer
Sarah Tisdale, Secretary | Cheryl Donaldson | | Marlys Oetken| Pat Nelson
Bethany O'Brien | Jacques Rieux | Dick Spiess | Robin Stitzel 

Vicki Woods, Executive Director
Michael Shaffer, Communication Specialist
Jodie Chamberlain, Rental Events Coordinator