Tours, Talks & Virtual Visits

Get to know Larimer County

Stanley Home Museum Tour

When: July 11. Times, TBA. 

Where: Meet up at the Estes Park Visitors Center for a shuttle ride to the Museum. (500 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park)

Built as a summer residence for F. O. and Flora Stanley in 1904, the Stanley House is a rare example of high-style Colonial Revival style architecture in the Estes Park area and is among the most notable examples in northern Colorado.

A wealthy East Coast industrialist, Freelan Oscar Stanley and his twin brother, Francis Edgar Stanley, amassed sizable fortunes by inventing a dry-plate photographic process and the Stanley Steamer automobile. After F. O. was diagnosed with tuberculosis, he and Flora vacationed in Estes Park with hopes that the region’s cool mountain air would provide a cure. Finding his health improved, Stanley arranged for the construction of an impressive Colonial Revival summer residence outside Estes Park.

Designed and built in the tradition of the grand Georgian and Federal style houses constructed during the 1700s in Stanley’s native New England, the Stanley House represents the diaspora of the Colonial Revival style from the East Coast to the Rocky Mountain west. The plans were developed by Stanley, likely in association with the Denver architectural firm of Kidder and Wieger, and served as the architectural prototype for the National Register-listed Stanley Hotel built by Stanley between 1907 and 1912.

A group of Estes Park residents banded together a few years ago and bought the house when it was on the market. They have rehabilitated the property and set it up as a museum to tell the story of the Stanleys and Estes Park. The group has been actively at work setting the place up, despite COVID, and the museum is now open for tours! Join Historic Larimer County in touring this incredible historic site.

This tour is free for members and $10 for non-members. ($10 is about half the cost of becoming an HLC member. So you might just want to become a member and join us on our other tours this summer as well!) You MUST RSVP in advance so we can be sure to have the docents needed for the tour.

This is a 2-hour long tour, beginning when the shuttle picks you up at the Visitors Center to when you’re dropped off again. 

From Professor’s Parlors to Beer Pong

When: July 24, 9 am. 

Where: Meet at the northeast corner of the intersection of Laurel and Howes, just north of the CSU Oval. 

Join Historic Larimer County on July 24th at 9 am for a walking tour we’ve entitled, “From Professor’s Parlors to Beer Pong.”  Historian and HLC president Ron Sladek will be presenting the results of his research and field documentation of houses and other buildings in the Harrison Addition, the neighborhood just north of the CSU Oval.

Platted in 1881, the addition became the early home of numerous college professors, employees and students, as well as a number of Fort Collins merchants, civic leaders and professionals.  Today the area is predominantly occupied by student rentals, where parties and beer pong have replaced the tamer games of bridge and hide and seek.  Log on to learn about the fascinating history of this unique Fort Collins neighborhood and its interesting historic buildings and residents.

This event is free for HLC members and only $5 for non-members. Not a member yet? Become one today!

The tour should end around 11 am. Folks may wander over to Avo’s for lunch on the patio afterwards. Feel free to join us! (Lunch will be on your own dime.)

How Northern Colorado Has Faced Past Pandemics

When: We would love to present this talk to your group! 

Where: Zoom

We’ve been here before. Pandemics aren’t all the same, but there are themes that remain true from one to the next. And we’ve dealt with several pandemics in the past couple hundred years here in Northern Colorado. In this presentation, you’ll hear from several of Historic Larimer County’s board members on how past pandemics have affected Berthoud, Loveland, and Fort Collins. This presentation will include an overview of the past 200 years with a focus on the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and how it affected folks in Northern Colorado. 

Members of the HLC board gave this presentation via Zoom on October 27th, 2020 and we’d love to give it again. If you would like us to present this talk to your group, please use the contact link above to get in touch with us. 


Historic Larimer County has been hosting tours and talks since the summer of 2017. If you would like to learn more about which places and topics have already been covered, check out our Past Events page. If you have a suggestion for a future tour or talk, or you just want more information about one of the tours or talks listed above, please get in touch with Sharon Danhauer, our events coordinator, through our Tours & Talks contact form.


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