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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

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

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

The Milner-Schwarz House in Loveland, Colorado.
Historic Preservation

The Milner-Schwarz House in Loveland

By On August 16, 2016

In 1866, a young woman by the name of Sarah Milner arrived in St. Louis (a small town that predated Loveland) to teach. The rest of her family joined her soon afterwards, moving up from… Read More

Historic Loveland, Colorado. Photo from the Downtown Loveland Historic District plaque on 4th Street.
Historic Preservation

The Downtown Loveland Historic District

By On July 22, 2016

On July 18th, the City of Loveland held a small ceremony to recognize the new Downtown Loveland Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March 2015.… 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