The first Larimer County Veterans Memorial was constructed in May 1944. It was located in center island at 100 block of Laporte Avenue, next to North College Avenue.
Q: Why did the scarecrow win an award?
A: Because he was outstanding in his field.
Bud Frick isn’t a scarecrow, but he is certainly outstanding in his field. As an architect, he has played a significant role in the shaping of Fort Collins today.
Doug Ernest has the mind of a librarian and the heart of a historian. He is a careful researcher — methodical, consistent, and thorough. He enjoys sinking deeply into the details and stories of history, collecting the data points and putting them together into a bigger picture that fits wider themes and patterns.
Knowing who we are and where we came from is an important way to help people find commonalities that enable us to then move forward together. It gives us a common history that builds connection and understanding.
By removing the ginormous evergreen tree, the building in the middle of the square (bike library), and the tall strip of seating and planters, the DDA has opened up this public space – making it even more inviting than it was before.
There is now a sense of wonder and contentment in this building now. The precious way the materials in this historic building have been treated breathes out onto everyone inside. And that care that the Grahams took in honoring this piece of history has given it wings that will carry it forward into our future.