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Historic Preservation Process Improvements Study

With the goal of increasing the transparency, predictability and effectiveness of our Historic Preservation efforts, the City of Fort Collins will undertake a two-part study to identify improvements. Currently, at Council direction, several code revisions are being brought forward. Learn more about this study or view the information from the open house.

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Old Town & River Districts Tackle New Design Standards

Work is underway to develop design standards and guidelines for new development and redevelopment of existing buildings within the Old Town Historic District and the River Downtown District.  Public outreach has included an informational meeting this past October and a public workshop on November 13. Join the discussion and learn more about this project.

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City Garners Another National Award for the Downtown Coca-Cola Sign

The American Association for State and Local History proudly announces the City of Fort Collins is the recipient of an Award of Merit for the preservation and interpretation of the Coca-Cola/Angell’s Delicatessen Sign. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The award ceremony is part of a special banquet, hosted by The History Channel, during AASLH’s annual meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday, September 20. Read the news release.

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How Are Historic Properties Reviewed?

When changes are sought on structures 50 years old or older, it triggers a review for historic resources. This step is designed to help preserve Fort Collins' historic character, allow citizens to comment on changes, and for owners of eligible properties to hear about available financial incentives. For more info, fcgov.com/historicreview.

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Rehab Right: How to Realize the Full Value of Your Old House

The editors of "Old House Journal" call Rehab Right: How to Realize the Full Value of Your Old House by Helaine Kaplan Prentice and Blair Prentice "the best regional preservation guidebook around." The authors present the case for sensitive rehabilitation using lucid graphics and everyday language. This book simply explains how to repair (instead of replace) items, such as windows, in your historic home and also gives examples in a well-illustrated, step-by-step approach. 

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Fun Facts about Preservation from the Colorado Historical Society

Since 1981, historic rehabilitation and preservation projects have created more than 30,000 jobs in Colorado. We are one of the first states to offer a State Income Tax Credit for historic preservation. The tax incentive program, started in 1990, is still going strong with more than 900 rehabilitation projects (90% being private homes) taking advantage of state tax credits. If you have a home over 50 years old, please contact historic preservation and see what tax credits may be available to you. Find out more about financial incentives to preserve your property.

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Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection (CHNC)

Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection (CHNC) currently includes 91 newspapers published in Colorado from 1859 to 1928. Newspapers come from 49 cities and 36 counties throughout the state, which were published in English, German, Spanish, or Swedish. CHNC contains over 315,000 digitized pages from these newspapers. New material is added approximately once a month. New material may include additional newspapers and/or new issues from previously loaded newspapers. A searchable list of the newspapers included in CHNC is available. Visit the CHNC.

Historic Preservation

Physical Address: 281 North College Avenue | Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mailing Address: PO Box 580 | Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
Phone: 970-224-6078
Fax: 970-224-6134
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