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Historic Preservation

Loomis Addition Project

Part 1: Loomis Addition Context: Completed in 2015, the Loomis Addition Context captured the historical significance of this neighborhood. This context was written by Humstone Consulting.

Part 2: Loomis Addition Survey: The Loomis Addition Survey outlines historic features of 312 individual properties at the reconnaissance level, while detailing 32 individual properties at the intensive level. Humstone Consulting completed the survey.

What is a historic survey?

A Historic Survey:

  • Records the exterior of buildings and identifies when they were built
  • Identifies the different styles of homes and commercial buildings
  • Documents how the use of the buildings has changed over time
  • Records transitions and trends in the Loomis Neighborhood
  • Only details visible from the public rights-of- way (streets and alleys) are recorded. Without your permission, no one will enter your property.

Why my neighborhood?

Your neighborhood has a varied and exciting history. The 15-block Loomis Addition is one of Fort Collins' oldest neighborhoods, platted in 1887. It has lots of older homes, two thirds of existing homes were built between 1885 and 1920. It has great architecture, including many of Fort Collins' best examples of period revival styles. And it has great history - did you know that one of the houses sold with the help of a live sea monster?

How will it work?

Our survey has three parts:

  • Humstone Consulting will photograph and document features of the exterior of 312 homes. A reconnaissance level survey collects basic data on architecture and building materials, and may also note alterations over time.
  • 32 residences will be recorded more intensively. These buildings will be chosen based on architectural style and condition. An intensive level survey includes far more detail on the building's architectural style and construction, and also includes a history of the people who lived here.
  • Look for fun educational events: workshops on how to research your house; tours; Neighborhood Night Out; history talks.

How does this survey benefit me?

The Loomis Addition Project will benefit homeowners:

  • You will receive a copy of the survey for your property. Worth $300, this survey is free to you!
  • A historic survey can be a great marketing tool when looking to sell your house
  • A historic survey is often a requirement for building permits for exterior changes you may want to make; this way it will be already done for your property
  • Your property might qualify for substantial financial benefits such as tax credits, grants, and 0% interest loans for rehabilitation
  • And most importantly, it does not obligate you in any way

How can I get involved?

  • Volunteer! We will train you on how to do historic research
  • Let us know if you want your house to be included in the 32 chosen for the intensive survey
  • Attend neighborhood meetings and workshops


November 29, 2017

7:00 - 8:30 pm

225 W Oak, Wicker Room, Masonic Temple

Loomis Addition Survey – Open House, Humstone Consulting

May 10, 2016

7:00 - 8:00 pm

281 N. College Avenue, 1st Floor, Rooms A-D

How to Research the History of Your Historic Home, Rheba Massey of Humstone Consulting

April 21, 2016

6:30 - 8:00 pm

281 N. College Avenue, 1st Floor, Rooms A-D

1st Neighborhood Meeting, Mary Humstone and Rheba Massey of Humstone Consulting

Project Contacts

Mary Humstone

Humstone Consulting


Karen McWilliams

City of Fort Collins, Historic Preservation Division