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Historic Preservation

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Dept Head: Karen McWilliams

Congratulations to the 2019 Friends of Preservation Awards Recipients!

2019 Friends of Preservation Awards at City Hall

Preserving Fort Collins' unique historic treasures is a team effort. Every year, the City's Landmarks Preservation Commission recognizes members of the community, project leaders, and design professionals for their work to preserve historic resources in Fort Collins' with the Friends of Preservation Awards. On September 3rd, representatives of three exceptional projects received recognition at City Hall. The City also recognized the lifetime contributions of Myrne Watrous to preserving Fort Collins' historic places. Congratulations and thank you! 

Welcome to Fort Collins Historic Preservation

Welcome to the City of Fort Collins' historic preservation program. Our mission is to help you connect with, and preserve, the unique treasures that set Fort Collins apart from other communities in Colorado, and the nation.

We collaborate with citizens, developers, and staff, to encourage the preservation of Fort Collins' neighborhood and community character. A sustainable community depends on the preservation and adaptive reuse of its historic buildings, and our goal is to help Fort Collins residents make that a reality. 

Fort Collins Preservation At A Glance

  • Over 1,000 designated historic resources, from individual properties to historic districts.
  • Over 200 Fort Collins Landmarks and 3 Landmark Districts that have been officially recognized by City Council and protected by City ordinance. 
  • The City has completed over 70 historic preservation grant projects, translating into over $21,000,000.00 in direct and indirect revenue. 


Snapshots and Surveys

Historic Preservation Services is currently contacting landmark property owners to provide you with information about the benefits and services we offer.

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Preservation & Sustainability

The City of Fort Collins has set ambitious sustainability goals, from its Climate Action Plan, to waste diversion from regional landfills, and historic preservation plays an important part.

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Ginger & Baker in north Old Town

National Trust for Historic Preservation features Fort Collins Adaptive Reuse

Ginger and Baker and Vaught Frye Larson Aronson Architects received the 2018 Friend of Preservation Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse and received national recognition for their project. 

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Stay Informed

Historic Preservation Map: Historic Preservation has a new map available through FCMaps. This map lays out survey data and properties that are currently under review. The survey data displayed is only a portion of what we have on file, so please still call and check with us about the eligibility or if you need more information about a specific property. 

Demolition Notification Process: There is a new notification process for proposed demolitions.This is not the same demolition/alteration review process you might have previously encountered. The proposed demolitions will be posted on our website and in the This Week in Development Review newsletter. Please contact staff at cHJlc2VydmF0aW9uQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with any questions.

Understanding the Cost of Repair versus ReplacementFort Collins Historic Preservation Services worked with nationally-renowned preservationist Bob Yapp to produce the new cost calculator tool. This tool helps homeowners and commercial property owners explore the cost difference and longevity of products against each other with a place to input their actual dimensions. These prices are local to the area! Check out the tool before replacing windows, doors, siding, or trim.