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Victorian era house in Old Town, Fort Collins.
Historic Preservation

I’m a Christian and I value historic preservation. Here’s why.

By On January 16, 2017

In the beginning, God made a place. He put people in that place and told them to care for it. And when they consumed a part of the place that shouldn’t have… Read More

Changing Crow (seated) and companion -- both Dakota Indians. (Photo from the Denver Library Archive, X-31827.)
Cultural Character

It’s easier to marginalize people when you don’t know their history.

By On November 29, 2016

A recent “Thumbs Up” in the Coloradoan has shined a light on the fact that some residents are apparently unaware of a significant part of Fort Collins’ history. Two thumbs up to the two persons that… Read More

Howard’s Sinclair Service Station in Loveland, Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Howard’s Sinclair Service Station in Loveland

By On April 13, 2016

As you drive north on Highway 287 (Lincoln Avenue) through Loveland, you may have noticed a funky gas station on the west side of the road. Built around 1937, the building blends… Read More

Historic Preservation is an important component of sustainable development.
Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation Should be an Integral Part of Sustainable Development

By On January 8, 2016

Earlier this week I wrote about why historic preservation should be included in the City’s Climate Action Plan. Today I want to follow up on that with a resource list of quotes… Read More

Fort Collins Climate Action Plan - 2015.
Historic Preservation

Why Historic Preservation Should Be Included in the Fort Collins Climate Action Plan

By On January 5, 2016

Last month I attended a public open house for the City’s Climate Action Plan. It was a standing room only event. Back in March, the city council unanimously passed one of the most aggressive municipal… Read More

Pleasant Valley and Bellvue, Colorado
Historic Preservation

What does State Historic Designation NOT Mean?

By On November 13, 2015

A friend shared a brochure on historic preservation with me yesterday. It was put out by the Bellvue Historic Foundation and it included a section entitled “What Historic Designation DOESN’T Mean to… Read More

Architecture & Neighborhoods

The South Whitcomb Street Historic District

By On May 26, 2015

People move to the Old Town area for many different reasons: walkability, caché, the schools. Not too long ago, people moved to Old Town because it was cheaper than many other parts of… Read More

1604 Sheely Drive, Fort Collins, CO. Mid-Century Modern Landmark.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Sheely Drive Neighborhood

By On May 19, 2015

Of the four historic districts in the city of Fort Collins, the Sheely District is perhaps the most surprising. The historic preservation movement started in the 1960s and 70s, and most of… Read More

Centennial High School, formerly Laurel Elementary School.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

When Laurel Street Was the Center of Midtown

By On May 12, 2015

Today the term “Midtown” is used to refer to the area south of Prospect (SoPro) and north of Harmony (as seen in the “Midtown Plan” that the city council adopted in October 2013).… Read More

The Howard and Hohnstein Blocks on E. Mountain as seen in 2014.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Old Town Historic District – Fort Collins, Colorado

By On May 6, 2015

Historic preservation has played a huge role in creating the Fort Collins of today, and this is no where more evident than in the Old Town Historic District. Added to the National… Read More

This bungalow was built around 1922 and was designated as a historic landmark in the city of Fort Collins because it  embodies the characteristics of Craftsman architecture.
Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation – Diving into the Financial Incentives

By On September 13, 2014

I have known that there are financial incentives to landmarking a property since 2009, when we first decided to remodel our house. Karen McWilliams, the city’s historic preservation planner, gave me all… Read More