The Avery House hosts Independence Day Celebrations, history and themed tours, wine tasting and scotch tastings, and open houses. It is a window into Fort Collins’ storied history and the life of those who grew up with Fort Collins. Franklin Avery, the original occupant of the Avery House, was responsible for mapping out Fort Collins’ roads; and he’s the reason College Avenue is so wide!  

Avery House 4th of JulyWithout the Poudre Landmarks Foundation, the Avery House would be a private residence or worse…no more. 

The Poudre Landmarks Foundation is committed to preserving historic sites in the Fort Collins area and telling the stories of those who came before us. One way they do that is through the Historic Homes Tour. A 39-year tradition held this year on September 9, the Historic Homes Tour opens historic homes to the public to open “doors to the past”. 

Docents, Poudre Landmark volunteers and trained guides, will be located throughout the seven properties to bring visitors' attention to the different highlights of the properties. Such highlights include the home on Cherry Street, which is the first designated Black history local landmark. Or the 1883 Water Works building was constructed after voters passed a large tax-increase to fund the property to bring running water into town. 

Historic building with water rushing by it

Tickets for the tour are $25 before the event and $30 the day of the event. Poudre Landmarks partnered with the city’s historic preservation department to create a ticket book with information on each of the seven properties included on the tour. Stories of the homes, previous residents, renovations, and historic events will all be included.  

Historic Home with pillars