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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

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

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

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

The Milner-Schwarz house is the oldest brick building in Larimer County. I believe it has a new Historic Garden Railroad exhibit that I have yet to see. (Photo from the National Historic Landmark nomination form.)
Historian’s Toolbox

Preservation Commision, Historical Society, Preservation Department… what do they all do?!

By On May 6, 2016

As I talk to people about preservation efforts in Northern Colorado, I often have people mention that such and such a group did this or that. But, as a person somewhat steeped in… Read More

The newly restored Arcadia Hotel in downtown Loveland, Colorado
Local Historic Landmarks

The Downtown Loveland Historic District

By On April 15, 2016

In 2015, the Downtown Loveland Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Parks Service. Within a boundary that includes 58 buildings, 45 of them are… Read More

The Fansler House with outdoor sculpture - 603 West 5th Street.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Walk Historic Loveland – A Residential Tour

By On January 26, 2016

The city of Loveland has an incredibly beautiful self-guided walking tour brochure that takes the reader first on a commercial, then a residential, tour of historic Loveland. I’ve written about the pamphlet and the… Read More

The Poudre River.
Local Historic Landmarks

The Poudre River: looking at the history of place

By On October 31, 2015

Life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Everything we do takes place within a context — a physical context, a social context, a historical context, etc. One reason for studying history (besides the fact that… Read More

April 21, 2014
Local Historic Landmarks

Then & Now: The Fort Collins Carnegie Library

By On August 28, 2015

Andrew Carnegie, a prominent Scottish-American businessman who made his wealth through the steel industry, believed that the wealthy should use their riches to enrich society. Though he gave to many charities, one… Read More

The block bounded by Linden, Walnut, Chestnut and Jefferson.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

These buildings remain: Sanborn Map (1886) page 3b

By On August 5, 2015

In 1886, a Sanborn insurance map was drawn up that shows the buildings in Fort Collins at the time. Most of these have been lost to us, but a few remain. See… Read More