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National Trust for Historic Preservation Blog features Fort Collins

National Trust for Historic Preservation Blog features Fort Collins

From Dilapidated to Delectable: The Feeder Supply building after rehabilitation.


Ginger and Baker and Vaught Frye Larson Aronson Architects are now featured on the National Trust for Historic Preservation blog for their project at the historic Feeder Supply Building! They were the recipients of the 2018 Friend of Preservation Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse for this project. Check out the details of their project turning a vacant, historic building into a thriving business in downtown Fort Collins. 

Historic Preservation at a Glance

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.

Historic Preservation Code Updates Adopted!: City Council adopted the Historic Preservation Code Updates on March 5, 2019. Stay tuned for changes to our webpage and materials to reflect these code changes. As a result of a two year review, the Historic Preservation Division put forward code changes related to development review, single family review, and designation processes. These changes focus on streamlining processes, providing outstanding customer service, and protecting historic resources.

Understanding the Cost of Repair versus ReplacementThe Fort Collins Historic Preservation Division worked with noted 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.

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. 

Old Town Neighborhoods Design Guidelines: The City of Fort Collins has adopted new Old Town Neighborhoods Design Guidelines for the residential areas that extend east and west of Downtown Fort Collins. Because residents of these neighborhoods expressed a desire to maintain the historic character of the neighborhoods in a time of rapid change and redevelopment, City Council adopted the guidelines in February 2017 to help property owners consider existing character when planning maintenance and rehabilitation projects, new additions, and infill construction of new residences. The guidelines are voluntary and are filled with helpful information on the architectural styles commonly found in the area and tips for sensitive changes that will keep these neighborhoods a treasure for decades to come.

What Is Historic Preservation?

Our mission is to protect, enhance, and preserve Fort Collins’ significant historical, architectural and geographical heritage in order to advance the economic, cultural and environmental qualities of the city.

Fort Collins has over 1,800 Fort Collins Landmarks and five Landmark Districts. A Fort Collins Landmark is a site, building, structure or object. Landmark Districts are a specific group of homes and outbuildings united by past events or people, or by architecture and physical development. Fort Collins Landmarks and Landmark Districts are officially recognized by City Council.

We collaborate with citizens, developers, and staff, participating in key community planning and development projects affecting over 10,000 historic and cultural resources in Fort Collins.  New construction, and the demolition or alteration of existing buildings, and design review of Fort Collins Landmarks are reviewed for their effects on neighborhood and community character.

Good design and rehabilitation of historic homes and businesses is encouraged through a large number of financial incentive programs. The Historic Preservation Office has also undertaken over 70 historic preservation grants, translating into over $21,000,000.00 in direct and indirect revenue. 

We offer advice on how to maintain your property, fix and repair features, and restore features back to the original condition. We want you to connect with your property’s history and provide the steps how to research your property. Discover more about Fort Collins’ history through research projects including historical contexts, survey reports, and development grants.

Historic, Designated, Or Just Old?

The Historic Preservation Office leverages grant funding with program funding to conduct neighborhood historical contexts and survey reports of historic neighborhoods and responds to building permits and development review. 

  • Fort Collins Landmarks are significant, retain integrity, and are recognized by City Ordinance or officially listed on the State or National Register – they are “designated.”
  • Eligible properties are significant, retain integrity, but are not officially listed – they are “historic.”
  • Ineligible properties are not significant, and/or do not retain integrity, and do not qualify for listing – they are “just old.”

Why do we care so much? The review requirements of local preservation ordinances are one of the best forms of protection for Fort Collins’ sense of place and the associated incentives are important for property owners. 

Historic Preservation And Sustainability

Good for the Community – Fort Collins Landmarks and Landmark Districts help property owners act not only as owners but as stewards of history. Fort Collins Landmarks and Landmark districts contribute to Fort Collins’ sense of place.

Good for the Environment – Reusing historic buildings is recycling the built environment. Historic buildings have embodied energy, and by reusing them, we keep useful materials out of our dump and reduce carbon emissions. We provide resources and tips on how to make your property more energy efficient.

Good for the Economy – Fort Collins Landmarks and Landmark Districts give property owners more confidence in the long-term stability of the neighborhood -- which means they’re more likely to make investments in their property to the benefit of the entire community.