Montezuma (Montie) Fuller was one of Fort Collins’ first architects. He designed many of the buildings that we tend to think of as embodying the history of this city. You can read more on the man himself in my last article, Glimpsing Montezuma Fuller Through His Great Grandson. But in today’s post, I want to focus in on some of the houses he designed. I have somewhat randomly selected five buildings that we’ve lost and five that are still with us today. It was the loss of some of these structures, among others, that galvanized the historic preservation movement in the city during the 1960s and 70s.
Montie was a prolific worker and designed close to 100 buildings (both commercial and residential) not only in Fort Collins, but in Loveland, LaPorte, Wellington, Windsor, Denver, Easton, Greeley, and Gunnison as well. Though there are some similarities that appear over and over again in his work, he was also capable of branching out into styles that were utterly unlike what he had done before.
I’ve only chosen 10 residential properties to share today, which means I still have several buildings to share in similar posts in the future. Where houses have been removed, I’ve done what I can to dig up an archived photo. But I’ve also taken a picture of what stands in that location today.
Senator W. A. Drake was a Republican. He served in the Colorado State Senate from 1902 to 1910. And he lived in a house designed by Montezuma Fuller at 415 Remington Street, right about at the southernmost end of where the Safeway building stands today.
The site of C. O. Hunter’s house is a parking lot today.
Even this small selection of buildings gives a sense of Fuller’s artistry as well as a sense of some of what Fort Collins has lost over the years. The buildings that remain to us are beautiful examples of the craftsmanship and style of early Fort Collins.
For a list of properties that Montezuma Fuller was involved in, check out this bio on the History Colorado site (pdf).