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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

Outhouse on N. Wood Street - Forgotten Fort Collins
Historian’s Toolbox

A Study in Archives and Outhouses

By On February 1, 2017

I probably receive at least a request a week for information. Sometimes people want to know more about a topic that I’ve written an article on. Other times they’re asking if I know… 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

An image of the old Safeway building at 425 S. College in Fort Collins (via Google Streetview).
Renovations & Razes

Then & Now: the Northwest Corner of College & Mulberry

By On November 12, 2016

If you’ve driven through the intersection of College and Mulberry lately, you may have noticed that the parking lot in front of the old Sports Authority building has been fenced in. The… Read More

Purple indicates recently completed projects. Yellow shows projects currently in progress. Orange shows projects that have been proposed.
Renovations & Razes

The Ever Evolving Nature of Downtown

By On September 28, 2016

Close to a year ago I wrote about the changing nature of College Avenue. But that covered an area several miles long, so while some projects were close to each other, the sum… Read More

Street Car Routes in Fort Collins
Renovations & Razes

Say Goodbye to a Bit More of the Original Fort Collins Municipal Railway

By On September 20, 2016

A short stretch of historic street car track was removed last week from N. Howes street. At one point the streetcar lines stretched from one end of the city to the other.… Read More

The Hottel house on S. College Avenue in the 1960s, before it was razed.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Building of the Hottel House

By On April 20, 2016

Benjamin Franklin Hottel moved to Fort Collins in 1877 at the encouragement of friend and business partner, Joseph Mason. He became part owner in the Lindell Mill (Ranchway Feeds). And he quickly settled… Read More

Upper left -- the mall in 1975 (from the FC Archive - T01276c). Upper right -- fountain in front of the mall. Lower left -- the new theater. Lower right -- inside the mall.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

The Ever Evolving Nature of College Avenue — Change Happens

By On November 18, 2015

Change happens. Without it, there would be no history. There’d only be now. The question shouldn’t be about whether to allow change or not. The question should revolve around How. It is… Read More

The Stout Boarding Hotel
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Stout, Colorado — a quarry town

By On October 16, 2015

I’ve written several stories that include the quarry town of Stout, Colorado. (Pioneer Life, a Life of Sacrifice and Sorrow; Hugo Frey – Tales of Adventure from a Native Son; and The… Read More