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The 1879 Avery House

328 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521
+1 970-221-0533
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Enjoyable tour

We arrived in Fort Collins early and were trying to decide what to do. The Avery House is open... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2017
A nice piece of history

This property has been preserved by FC and is frequently used as a venue for wedding receptions and... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Fort Collins has Franklin Avery to thank for the wide streets in Fort Collins; he took advantage of the open spaces when he surveyed the town in 1873. Avery later founded First National Bank and was instrumental in developing water projects that enabled agriculture to flourish in northern Colorado. In 1879, he and his wife Sara built a family home on the corner of Mountain Avenue and Meldrum Street and raised their children, Edgar, Ethel, and Louise, there. The original two-story home consisted of two rooms on the first floor, now the entry area and dining room; three bedrooms upstairs; and a basement. Constructed of sandstone from local quarries, the house cost $3,000 when it was built. During the ensuing years, the Averys added to the house several times; the final addition included the distinctive Queen Anne tower. Poudre Landmarks Foundation, Inc., was formed in 1972 and manage the house along with the City of Fort Collins.
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328 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521
328 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521
+1 970-221-0533
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

We arrived in Fort Collins early and were trying to decide what to do. The Avery House is open Saturday and Sunday. It is the home of one of the early founding fathers of Fort Collins. It is free, but they have a jar for...More

Thank PhoenixRobin
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This property has been preserved by FC and is frequently used as a venue for wedding receptions and other events. It also offers tours to view the artifacts from the previous century when FC is growing up.

Thank O7512SPdonr
Reviewed 13 February 2017

My husband and I finally visited the Avery House during their holiday open house. The guides were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.

1  Thank Nancy H
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The group who take care of this house have done an excellent job of preserving its history while keeping it accessible to visitors. They also do a great job of interpreting the house's story.

1  Thank Walter E
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We were in Fort Collins for a wedding weekend and had all day Saturday to ourselves. After a long walk down Mountain Ave (beautiful neighborhood) we doubled back to check out The Avery House. Nicely restored historic home, but the best part was learning about...More

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Happened to be in Ft. Collins. Marsha K was the docent. Excellent tour. She is very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the tour very much; if you visit Ft Collins, definitely visit Avery House to learn about the history of Ft Collins and see the beautiful home...More

1  Thank Snktlk
Reviewed 4 September 2016

This house and the house behind it bring back lots of memories. Family friends lived there in the 60s.

Thank Judy B
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a well-maintained home from the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries. Much of the furnishings are original. The house itslef is beautiful inside and out. Guided tours are given, one group at a time. The guide we had was very knowlegeable. There...More

1  Thank Wayne C
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Open year around on weekends, 1pm to 4pm. Stopped by for a tour. Volunteer staff is excellent and knowledgeable. Period furnishings are good and the place will give you a better understanding of times of the past. Yard is beautiful in the summer and sometimes...More

1  Thank crestlinecolorado
Reviewed 15 April 2016

Went with a friend. Enjoyed the old house & knowledgeable tour guide. Hearing the history of the house & it's contents was exciting. They even have the diary of a child who lived in the house, hearing the story of how the diary was found...More

1  Thank Karen C
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