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Preserving our history.  Enriching our future.

Here in Old Town Fort Collins, we are surrounded by magnificent architecture and streetscapes that contribute to both the beauty and business vitality of our community. This is the result of the ongoing work of such organizations as the City of Fort Collins, the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority and the Colorado State Historical Fund. It also reflects the vision of private business owners, architects and local contractors who recognize the long-term value of historic preservation.

Collaborative “public/private” projects like the restoration of the Avery Block are good for everyone in our community. In fact, research has shown that every $1 invested in historic preservation generates a return of $6 to the local economy.*

1. Support for the preservation of the Northern Hotel – one of Fort Collins’ most important landmarks, shown above in 1938 – included a state historic preservation grant, a $500,000 investment by the City of Fort Collins and a $330,000 tax-increment investment by the Fort Collins DDA. Great teamwork! (Fort Collins Local History Archive H09070)

1. Having received the Medal of Honor for his bravery
in the Civil War, Henderson Calvin Howard came to
Fort Collins and demonstrated his ability to lead in
business. He built the H.C. Howard Block building
c.1890 alongside the J.L. Hohnstein Block building,
the home of Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing today.
According to the Fort Collins Courier, he added the
second story in 1907.
( Fort Collins Local History Archive H03150)



1. The Downtown Development Authority’s Trimble
Court project awakened us to the pleasure of strolling
along a beautiful alley in Fort Collins. With artful
pavers and planters overflowing with flowers, the
DDA’s freshly redesigned alleys are a great example
of urban design that works for all of us.

Historic preservation is smart business. But to experience the most important benefit of preserving our past, all you have to do is stroll down College Avenue, Mountain, Linden, Walnut…and enjoy the inspiring heritage and modern-day vitality of Fort Collins!

* Clarion Associates of Colorado, LLC. The Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation in Colorado: Technical Report. Denver: Colorado Historical Society, October 2005.


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2. The Northern Hotel on Christmas Day 1996. ( Fort Collins Local History Archive H16875)

3. The Northern Hotel today.

2. The Howard Block and Hohnstein Block buildings in 1979.

3. The Howard Block and Hohnstein Block buildings today.

2. Trimble Court alley, looking toward College Ave. in 2004.

3. View of Trimble Court alley from College Ave. in 2004.