Tuesday 10: A Tour of Fort Collins with Montezuma Fuller

Besides having a really great name, Montezuma Fuller was the most prolific architect around Fort Collins from 1881-1925. He doesn’t have a street named after him, but Montezuma Fuller Alley is a two-block area between College Avenue and Remington Street off Old Town Square. He was born in Nova Scotia and traveled west to Greeley and Denver before settling in Fort Collins.

Here are my Tuesday Ten Montezuma Fuller buildings in Fort Collins that have meaning in my life.

1. The Mosman House/ Andrews House, 324 E. Oak, c. 1881. My wife was an art major in college and one of her art friends moved to Fort Collins in 1976, just after I started in the real estate business. Teresa was a graphic artist for Poudre R-1 and Bev was trying to establish herself in the local arts community. We commissioned Bev to paint 4 homes in Fort Collins that I could hang on my office wall. The ornate porch is what captured our attention with the Mosman House and Bev captured the East Lake Queen Anne intricacy of this home.

2. The Montezuma Fuller House, 226 West Magnolia. Another of the 4 homes that Bev painted for us. This was his personal home, a Queen Anne-style built in 1894.

3. The Pleasant View School or Hice School, corner of Drake and Shields, c. 1897. In February, 1975, we were driving down Shields and came upon the demolished Pleasant View School. It lay in ruin at the hand of a bulldozer. We hadn’t been in Fort Collins long enough to relish the history and architecture of the school, but there was a pile of wainscoting and the man standing amongst the rubble appeared to be in charge. We were renovating our little bungalow across from City Park and the wood was perfect for our bathroom. We often wonder if he was just a random resident collecting money from the deconstructed “Little Red Brick Schoolhouse”.

4. Trimble Brothers Block-Trimble Court, 127-131 Linden Street, c. 1903. Trimble Court has been a hot spot for artists and would-be-artists since our arrival in Fort Collins. I have fond memories of taking a stained glass class in 1975 and making Christmas gifts for my wife and mother.

5. The Colorado Building, 133-147 South College, c. 1906. Julian’s was an elegant ladies store with the most beautiful curved glass front windows. In the spring of 1977, a motorist accidentally put her car in drive instead of reverse, jumped the curb and crashed into Julian’s. The windows were boarded up for weeks awaiting the specialty glass to be imported and installed. Finally, the new glass was installed but in the early morning hours of April 26, 1977, the whole town felt a boom. A gas line on Oak Street caused an explosion and the Julian’s window, once again, shattered.

6. Edgar Avery House, 316 W. Mountain, c. 1901. Many people think Fuller was the architect of the Franklin Avery House, 328 W. Mountain. In fact, Franklin built the current house over a span of 16 years. Perhaps it is the Queen Anne tower and sandstone materials that make it feel like a Montezuma Fuller residence. However, next door, Franklin’s son hired Fuller to design his home. In 1987, The Poudre Landmark Foundation conducted a children’s art contest. Our oldest daughter (age 8) won the contest and Christmas cards were printed of her artwork! Let me know if you want a pack…. We purchased many, many, many cards that year. This is the #3 painting by Bev.

7. The Edwards House, 402 West Mountain, c.1903. We have attended many nice events in the Edwards House venue and directed visitors to their lovely B&B. Try an overnight in Old Town!

8. Avery Block, Old Town Square, c. 1897. The Romanesque Avery Block is the iconic image of Fort Collins. Every time our city makes a list of “Bests……”, the Avery building is most frequently photographed. For many years, Beajou’s Pizza was the place my family wanted to eat in Old Town Square. From people-watching on the patio to honey-soaked crusts, the memories will remain even though the restaurant has moved. It was a true family place

9. Baker House, 304 E.Mulberry c. 1896. This completes the 4th of the paintings that Bev created for us.  A jewel of a home, F.R. Baker was city mayor in 1902. A distinctively Fuller home with a two-story side turret , ornate porch, and multi-level rooflines.

10. German Evangelical Congregational Church, 201 Whedbee, c. 1905. Although I am not a commercial real estate broker, I was involved in the sale of this beautiful building a few years ago. At that time it was painted white and now it has been restored to the beautiful natural brick.

For more information:

Take a peek inside the Montezuma Fuller house 

Read about his life. 

What’s your favorite Fort Collins historical site?

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