The SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht design team has won a 2014 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence for the Avery Block building in Fort Collins. The project was awarded the Best Façade Program recognition by the governor’s office and Downtown Colorado Inc. for outstanding projects and people that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado.

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Avery Block is part of the historic district within Old Town Fort Collins.

The Avery Block is located on the northeast corner of North College Avenue and East Mountain Avenue and is part of Old Town Fort Collins. Designed by the town’s first architect, Montezuma W. Fuller in 1897, the building originally housed Franklin Avery’s First National Bank. The Avery Block is a two-story brick and sandstone building and is made up of three distinct and  irregular structures within the town’s historic district.

The firm created several conceptual 3-D designs for the storefront rehabilitation and completed the renovation in 2012. The project included stone and brick rehabilitation, door and window rehabilitation, pressed tin cornice rehabilitation and reconstruction of stone finials and the storefront cornice based on historic photographs.

Avery Building LLC, the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority and the city of Fort Collins partnered on the project, with funding provided in part by History Colorado and the State Historical Fund.

“We are grateful to the governor’s office, Downtown Colorado Inc. and Palmer Properties, our client and partner,” said Gary Petri, principal, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht. “Each of you has recognized this project, making it possible for this building to continue to contribute to the fabric of Colorado’s history and the vibrant community of Old Town Fort Collins.”