Poudre Landmarks Foundation

A nonprofit organization

$3,785 raised

47% complete

$8,000 Goal

Poudre Landmarks Foundation celebrates local history and shares it with the community. Staff and volunteers manage and operate the 1879 Avery House & the 1883 Water Works.  Guests enjoy historic tours of two landmarks sites. In addition, many events are produced throughout the year including, Valentine history-themed tours, Old-fashioned Independence Day, the annual Historic Homes Tour, Big Splash and Liz Barnez Live at the Water Works and many other history related events.


  • My 2nd-grade daughter toured the [1887] Avery House on a school field trip last week and she insisted that our entire family come to see it. She learned so much on the school tour that she had fun telling us all about things while we toured the house! —Delighted parent of a future Avery House docent
  • I love the history of our community and the Historic Homes Tour is a great opportunity to see the inside of history and learn more. The properties Poudre Landmarks supports are wonderful. —Historic Homes Tour Participant
  • I have found great pleasure in working with the Poudre Landmarks Foundation and the Friends of the Water Works over the past 15 years. It has been exciting to participate in the archeological digs and discoveries. Interpreting the history of the 1882-83 Fort Collins Water Works to visitors has been very rewarding. —Phil H.
  • The Poudre Landmarks Foundations' restorations of the historic 1879 Avery House and the 1882 Water Works are two of the premiere historic preservation projects in northern Colorado that have put Fort Collins on the national historical tourism map...Poudre Landmarks is to be commended for their dedication and award-winning contribution to history education in Fort Collins. —Carol T.


The mission of Poudre Landmarks Foundation (PLF) is to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. PLF envisions a community that understands, appreciates and values its past. PLF aims to be the voice of history in Fort Collins.

Background Statement

Poudre Landmarks Foundation was founded in 1972 by Fort Collins citizens to preserve and celebrate local history and architecture. In 1974 the City purchased the 1879 Avery House and PLF began its management. Poudre Landmarks restored the home to its current splendor as an historic museum. In 1995 PLF also began managing the City's 1883 Water Works facility.

Poudre Landmarks has over 50 years of experience offering quality history related events for the community and a strong reputation of fiscal responsibility, demonstrating our ability to manage a long list of efforts simultaneously. Poudre Landmarks is known as a cultural leader in the community. We actively seek out collaborations with others in our community, including Poudre School District, Downtown Development Authority, Visit Fort Collins, Colorado State University, Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, Poudre River Library District, City of Fort Collins, local history groups, local museums, arts organizations, historic neighborhoods, and others. These collaborations ensure the greatest impact on the cultural life of the community and reduce duplication of efforts.

Poudre Landmarks uses our past experiences to guide our yearly event planning, therefore our event offerings have grown in scope and depth over the years. Our knowledge of what type of events the community wants, coupled with our organizational capacity bring us to our current offerings. We boast more than 200 volunteers and are poised and ready to accomplish our ambitious schedule. We are continually exploring new ways to reach out to the Fort Collins community.

Organization Data


Organization name

Poudre Landmarks Foundation

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Arts, Culture & Humanities, Education, Public & Societal Benefit

Organization Size

Small Organization


108 N. Meldrum Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521


The 1879 Avery House 328 West Mountain Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521


The 1883 Water Works 2005 Overland Trail
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Service areas

Larimer County, CO, US





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