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Past Projects for Historic Preservation

Agriculture in the Fort Collins Urban Growth Area 1862-1994Agriculture in the Fort Collins Urban Growth Area 1862-1994
March 1995
The project's overall purpose is to establish a contextual framework within which to evaluate agricultural-related properties, and to identify which of those properties are historically significant.
Click to Download115 pages, 2.3m
Nelson Milk HouseNelson Milk House Rehabilitation - May 2001
Located at the southwest corner of Swallow and Lemay, this important structure depicts the fledgling dairy industry in Larimer County. The rehabilitation included new wood roof, windows and a viewing door. The stone work was re-pointed and the chimney was repaired and capped. All are encouraged to visit and peek in the stone structure and experience this piece of local history.
Nix FarmNix Farm - May 2002
Two State historical fund grants are in progress on the Nix Farm, the City's Natural Resources Maintenance Center. A $10,000 grant was awarded to Scheuber & Dardan Architects to do an historic structure assessment on the huge bank barn, concrete and timber storage shed, and the east farm house (moved in 1950 onto the site from downtown Fort Collins). The second $7,083 grant is to re-roof the east farm house with historic wood shingles.

picSaving and Moving The Ross "Proving Up" House - July 2005
In 1890, the 6 members of the Ross family lived in this small (12.5' x 16.5'), moveable structure to claim their farmland per the Homestead Act of 1862. Located at 1600 West Horsetooth Road, it is the only known "proving-up house" in Larimer County. Ross is the namesake of Rossborough Park and the nearby neighborhood. Ross was the great grandfather of Senator Wayne Allard and Kermit Allard, CPA. Their grandmother Nellie was born in this house, and Nellie's brother Bill was a popular president of UNC and the library was named for him.

Around 2002, the developer agreed to give this historic structure to the City of Fort Collins. Late July 2005, the property was ready to be developed, and the house needed to be moved. The move was orchestrated by Carol Tunner, and contributors and helpers include the City (Advance Planning, Storm Water Utilities, Traffic, Streets, Parks & Recreation), Loren Maxey and Joe Tunner. Burlington Northern Railroad loaned oak switch ties to move and to store the house. When the house was lifted, the 115 year-old skids for dragging it around from quarter section to quarter section were still there.

It's new address is a City-owned storage yard. The former Camp Collins Preservationists Club donated $1,400 to save the structure, but more fundraising and donations of carpentry, stucco, and roofing will be needed for a full restoration.
QuonsetHistoric Resources Survey of Quonset Huts in the UGA - July 2003
The variety of forms and materials of Fort Collins’s Quonset huts reveals the extent to which the city’s residents hammered these swords into ploughshares. But regardless of type or function, like or disgust, Quonset huts embody the American spirit of innovation.
Click to Download51 pages, 1.5m
Former Fort Collins High SchoolIn the Hallowed Halls of Learning:
The History & Architecture of Poudre School District
- August 2004
Funded through a Certified Local Government Grant,
administered through the National Park Service, these documents are the products of a cooperative agreement between Poudre School District and the City of Fort Collins to document and determine the significance of the district’s historic properties.
Adobe Acrobat Historical Context 120 pages, 3.1m

Adobe AcrobatSurvey Report 70 pages, 1.8m
Armstrong HotelArmstrong Hotel
A State Historical Fund grant of $171,000 was received to restore the exterior and rehabilitate the interior of the Armstrong Hotel, located on the northwest corner of College Avenue and Olive Street. This mixed-use, public/private project will rehabilitate the vacant and deteriorating 1923 building into historically-accurate first floor storefronts and a boutique hotel on the upper two floors. This E-shaped building will have all 12 facades rehabilitated. Interior work includes restoring the Art Deco staircase, O’Keefe elevator and tin ceilings, as well as the exterior awnings. Upstairs, the once public hallways and apartment doorway transoms and doors, will be brought back to original appearance. The project began in September 2003 and was completed in 2004.

ghost signApparitions of the Past: The Ghost Signs of Fort Collins - July 2007
This context addresses the ghost signs of Fort Collins. It is intended to provide a means of determining the significance of the city’s extant painted wall signs and provide suggestions for the preservation and interpretation of these historic advertisements.
Adobe Acrobat108 pages, 3.9m

Old Fort Site Cultural SurveyOld Fort Site Cultural Survey - June 2002
Through a collaborative effort with stakeholders in the Downtown River Corridor, the City sought and received funding from the Colorado Historical Society to complete a cultural resource research project, entitled the "Old Fort Site Cultural Survey Project." The projest's purpose is to research and inventory the history of the area located in the vicinity of the original "fort site." Visit the website.
trolley carStreet Railway Car Barn Interior Rehabilitation
Street Railway Car Barn, located at 330 North Howes Street, received a TEA-21 Federal Transportation Efficiency Act Grant of $113,000 to restore portions of the interior of this streetcar barn. It is the last streetcar barn in Colorado that is intact both inside and outside. The work, currently underway, includes restoring the original railway office and bathroom, and providing heating, electrical, and plumbing improvements.
North College AvenueNorth College Avenue Historical Research - December 1993
Click to Download64 pages, 8.8m

Adobe HouseThe Sugar Factory Neighborhoods: Buckingham, Alta Vista, Andersonville - April 2004
The purpose of this survey was to conduct a cultural resource inventory of all structures in the Buckingham, Andersonville, and Alta Vista neighborhoods. The objective was to produce a record of structures in these neighborhoods, which are facing pressures from development; and to provide information for City planners and decision-makers.
Adobe Acrobat123 pages, 1.6m

HispanicsHang Your Wagon to a Star: Hispanics in Fort Collins, 1900-2000 - August 2003
Adobe Acrobat 46 pages, 2.3m

GermansWork Renders Life Sweet: Germans From Russia in Fort Collins, 1900-2000 - August 2003
Adobe Acrobat 43 pages, 2.4m

sugar factorySilver Wedge: The Sugar Beet Industry in Fort Collins - August 2003
Adobe Acrobat75 pages, 1.8m

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