Fort Collins

I have been very busy and I will be posting soon about the resiliency and cultural heritage in the face of climate change, but for the meantime, here are some views of the historic district in Fort Collins, Colorado, which I visited last weekend.

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The lovely Romanesque with a lion head keystone was a bank.  There seem to be a lot of historic banks there.

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This was the Poudre Valley Bank, one of the first brick buildings in town from 1878, second story 1901.  Also one of the first preservation projects, restored in 1981.

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Now that is what you call a Main Street.  Nice banded brick Italianates with killer cornices.

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They have a lovely pedestrian area, pianos scattered around the town and not many vacancies – History Pays!

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Also quite a number of ghost signs…

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Architects note: that is how you take a corner.

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The Northern Hotel, an awesome Art Deco anchoring a flatiron corner on the north side of the district.  Check out these details:

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This is actually in a shop selling CSU stuff – they are the massive campus just south of Old Town.

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For some reason it is easier to find a microbrewery than a coffee shop in this downtown.  That is not a complaint.

Finally, one of the more creative approaches to ductwork I have seen:

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Oh, and some of the lovely residential district with streets as wide as a country mile…

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Once more back downtown – forgot this Victorian Gothic treat!

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