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The Fort Collins Municipal Building at 300 Laporte Avenue.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

A New City Hall

By On April 29, 2017

After World War II, Fort Collins experienced a population boom. Suburban style developments started popping up on the fringes of town… along West Mulberry, around Stover and Elizabeth, and some were even… Read More

The FoCo Cafe is located in the old Continental Oil building on Maple Street in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Continental Oil Company Property – 225 Maple Street

By On April 20, 2017

If you’ve ever eaten at the FoCo Cafe, then you’ve been inside of the old local office/warehouse building of the Continental Oil Company. This unassuming building is not only home to one of… Read More

Washington's music venue at 132 Laporte Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The All New Washington’s

By On March 19, 2017

In 1903, William Dunham built a substantial stone warehouse on the back half of three lots along Laporte Avenue. In 1910-11, Myron H. Akin (Fort Collins’ mayor at the time) added a… Read More

Undated photo from the Fort Collins Preservation Department files.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Akin Building Becomes Washington’s Sports Bar & Grill

By On March 11, 2017

In 1903, a stone warehouse was constructed behind a small, 1-story office building on Laporte Avenue between Mason and College. Nine years later, the little office building was hauled away and a new,… Read More

The Myron H. Akin Building on Laporte Avenue. (Photo from from the City of Fort Collins Planning Department as found in a historical survey completed by Jason Marmor.)
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Akin Building – 132 Laporte Ave.

By On February 28, 2017

For 67 years, the Myron H. Akin building was an integral part of the fabric of Fort Collins. It sat prominently right up against the property line, an imposing presence along Laporte Avenue.… Read More

The Pulliam Community Building in Loveland, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Pulliam Community Building in Loveland

By On December 16, 2016

In 1937, work began on the Loveland Community Building — the result of a public/private partnership between the town of Loveland, the Pulliam family, and the Works Progress Administration. The reinforced concrete building cost $150,000… Read More

The Fort Collins Downtown Plan.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Readers Digest Version of the Downtown Plan: Urban Design Edition

By On December 6, 2016

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ―… Read More

406 Stover, Fort Collins, Colorado. One of the city's oldest remaining houses.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Hearsay & Happenstance: The second oldest remaining house in Fort Collins

By On November 23, 2016

The oldest remaining house in Fort Collins is Auntie Stone’s cabin. Even by the early 1900s its significance in the history of the city was recognized. It was called the Pioneer Cabin… Read More

The Poudre Valley Creamery laboratory (AKA the Butterfly building).
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Poudre Valley Creamery Laboratory has a New Sign

By On October 26, 2016

On Laporte Avenue, right between Mason and Howes, is an oddly shaped little building often affectionately know now-a-days as the Butterfly building because of its unique roofline. This small little structure was once used… Read More

The Masonic Temple on Oak Street in Fort Collins, Colorado. (photo by Meg Dunn)
Architecture & Neighborhoods

A Tour of the Masonic Temple in Fort Collins

By On May 24, 2016

On the southeast corner of Oak and Howes Streets stands a grand old building — the Masonic Temple. While the lattice windows and the pocked, cream colored brick are distinctive, it’s the central portico… Read More

1433 S Overland Trail 2015
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Paul Maxwell Rock House

By On May 17, 2016

Have you ever traveled down South Overland Trail Road and wondered about the little stone house on the west side of the street that’s peeking out from behind the trees?  Today’s article is all about… Read More