Local History Projects
The City of Fort Collins’s Historic Preservation program supports the development of research projects that provide our citizens with more information about our history and helps the City identify properties that are eligible for historic designation. These research projects include historical contexts (provide an overall historic narrative for a particular place or topic), survey reports (provide information for individual properties within a certain boundary or neighborhood), and specific properties where in-depth research is needed.
Explore Fort Collins' historic contexts and other reports below.
Coy-Hoffman Farmstead Historic Report
This document gives an extensive history of the Coy-Hoffman Farmstead, now part of the Woodward, Inc. corporate headquarters property. Check out photographs of the site in 2011 before redevelopment and read about the significance of the site.
The Farm at Lee Martinez Park - Historic Context
Discover the history of this farm that now sits at the center of one of north Fort Collins' most popular parks.
Agriculture in the Fort Collins Urban Growth Area 1862-1994
Agriculture shaped the establishment and early development of Fort Collins. The context portion of this report conveys the history of agriculture in the area. This document also contains the results of historic surveys with field assessments on eligibility of agriculture related buildings.
Historic Context for irrigation and Water Supply Ditches and Canals
The redistribution of water has enabled the settlement of Colorado. If you are interested in learning more about how water shaped the development of Colorado, check out this resource on the history of Colorado’s water conveyance systems and historic resources related to those systems.
Loomis Addition Survey
The purpose of the Loomis Addition Survey is to provide a thorough understanding of the properties that exist in the Loomis Addition today: when they were built, how they were used, how they have changed over the years, and what they look like today. The Loomis Addition is a 15-block area that is one of the earliest additions to Fort Collins’ original town plat.
Loomis Addition Context
Written by Humstone Consulting and completed in 2015, the Loomis Addition Context captured the historical significance of the Loomis Addition neighborhood. This historic context traces the history of the Loomis Addition – the events that led up to its platting, its years of frantic building followed by periods of bust, and its eventual build-out twenty years after World War II.
"Fort Collins E-X-P-A-N-D-S" The City's Postwar Development 1945-1969 - Survey
The Fort Collins Postwar Survey documented ninety six individual sites and the fifty seven homes within the Reclamation Village subdivision. The project was designed to gather architectural and historical data for properties constructed during the postwar period. The surveyed sites included residential, commercial, industrial, and religious buildings constructed between 1945 and the early-1970s. This rather broad date range was chosen because this project represented the first systematic analysis of recent-past resources in Fort Collins.
"Fort Collins E-X-P-A-N-D-S" The City's Postwar Development 1945-1969 - Context
The Fort Collins Postwar Context explores the important themes that not only influenced but also resulted in postwar development of the city between 1945 and 1969. The context explores important themes related to the dramatic postwar transformation of Colorado A&M to Colorado State University; the role of recreation and religion in postwar Fort Collins; the tremendous residential building boom and how the phenomena of American postwar subdivision patterns were expressed locally; and the importance of local business development to fuel the city’s economic growth.
Survey of Quonset Huts
A survey of historic quonset huts in Fort Collins' urban growth area.
Hang Your Wagon to a Star: Hispanics in Fort Collins
Work Renders Life Sweet: Germans From Russia in Fort Collins
People of the Poudre
This documents focuses on the history of the geographic area and people of the Cache la Poudre area. Broken into seven chapters, this document is great for broadening the way we typically think about the beautiful area in which we live, work, and play.