32nd Annual Historic Homes Tour on September 10
Poudre Landmarks Foundation's 32nd annual Historic Homes Tour is on Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event opens six private residences and two historic city-owned properties to tour guests. Aside from the 1883 Water Works, each building on this year's tour is within walking distance of the Avery House on 328 W. Mountain Ave. Enjoy this sneak peek at a couple of this year's houses and then get your tickets to reserve your spot on the tour!

The Michael Connors House is a Neo Victorian-style remodeled home built in 1910 as a Queen Anne cottage. The integrity of the architectural elements of the original structure was preserved in
The Michael Connors House
the remodeled design that raised the house to add a basement and a second story. The house has kept the same roofline and dormers on the second floor as the original home. Evidence of the original cottage is seen in the defining features of the remodeled home, such as windows, doors, and siding, as well as interior details sympathetic to the original design. Former homeowners who lived in the original Queen Anne cottage include Michael and Bridget Connors, who built the home in 1910; and Seibert Damm (1925-1936), who owned and operated Damm's Bakery and Confectionary at 133 South College Avenue.

The J.H. Davis House was built in 1922 and is typical of a comfortable Craftsman-style ethic, with open porches, overhanging beams, and low-pitched gable roofs. The current owners have remodeled
The J.H. Davis House
the home with a new kitchen and master suite as well as interior and exterior details that reflect the integrity of the original structure. The gray-stained brick finish complements the design elements of the original Craftsman house. Former owners and occupants of the house include James H. Davis, who resided in the home from 1922 through the 1930s and added the brick garage in 1923. Through the 1940s and 1950s, the house was owned by Al and Esther H. Oakes, visionary partners who built and operated Oakes Motor Company, then a prominent Nash Automobile Sales and Service business located at 354 Walnut Street.

Tickets for the 2016 Historic Homes tour are $25 in advance and $30 on tour day. Purchase tickets online now:

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Or purchase tickets in person at several local stores. Click here for more details about local outlets selling Historic Homes Tour tickets.

Pre-Tour Architecture Lecture: Thursday, September 8, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
To dive deeper into historical architecture, attend our tour lecture on the evening of September 8 at The Source, 121 E. Mountain Ave. The lecture, "Architectural Darwinism," explores how houses evolve over time. Seating for this discussion is limited to 30, so get your tickets before they sell out! Tickets are $10, advance purchase only, available online:

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Food Truck at Avery House During Historic Homes Tour 
Over the years, Historic Homes Tour guests have suggested that we have refreshments for sale on the tour to help visitors keep up their energy during the tour. Well, you asked for it, and this year you've got it! The Trattoria Oreganata food truck will be stationed at the Avery House on 328 W. Mountain Ave. during this year's tour and will sell delectable Italian fare. The truck specializes in authentic Italian food, with some new creative twists using local, fresh ingredients. Stop by for lunch or a snack anytime during the tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Support this new local business while enjoying Fort Collins history and historical sites.

Trattoria Oreganata will be stationed at the Avery House on Historic Homes Tour day selling refreshments to tour goers

Old-Fashioned 4th of July Recap
Thousands of folks came to the Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration at the Avery House. Festivities included music by the Bluegrass Patriots, delicious fare from food trucks Mac 'N and Gunter's Bavarian Grill, Victorian games, kids' crafts, Avery House tours, the Grandma's Attic kids' dress-up booth, and plenty more fun. Enjoy these photos of the event, and be sure to join us for year-round fun at all of PLF's activities.

Poudre Landmarks Foundation Board of Directors
Thom Tisthammer, President | Jennifer Kutzik, Secretary | Tom Boardman, Vice President | Cheryl Donaldson | Lynda Lloyd | Kimberly Miller | Pat Nelson | Jacques Rieux | Dick Spiess | Robin Stitzel | Pam Thomas | Alexandra Wallace | William Whitley

Jennifer Beccard, Exec. Director | Linda Harty, Admin. Assistant
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