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A Voice of Colorado No. 249 Version 5.0:

One of the best known architects in the Larimer County, CO. area in the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was Montezuma Fuller, whose output was prolific.

Among his credits was the Henry Schaefer House, in Windsor, CO., which was built in 1903.

A Voice of Colorado No. 247 Version 5.0:

Montezuma Fuller, born November 13, 1858 in King’s County, Nova Scotia, was an American architect known in Fort Collins, CO. in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for his work, much of which remains intact and in use, with many listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places, including:

• The Peter Anderson House, at 300 South Howes Street in Fort Collins, CO.
• The First United Presbyterian Church, at 400 East 4th Street in Loveland, CO.
• The Montezuma-Fuller House, at 226 West Magnolia Street in Fort Collins, CO.
• The Kissock Block Building, located at 115-121 East Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins, CO.
• The McHugh-Andrews House, at 202 Remington Street in Fort Collins, CO.
• The Mosman House, at 324 East Oak Street in Fort Collins, CO.

Additional projects include structures throughout Larimer County, CO.:
• The D.M. May House, in Ault, CO. (Built in 1903)
• The August and Alvina Koeper Farmhouse on the Bingham Homestead, in the vicinity of Bellvue, CO. (Built in 1903)
• The United Brethren Church, in Berthoud, CO. (Built in 1904)
• Remodeling of a barn into a lab and science classroom on the campus of the Fort Collins Colorado Agricultural College (Now known as Colorado State University). (The project took place in 1883, and was eventually demolished.)

Fuller acquired much of his knowledge and experience by working for local contractors, starting in 1880. From this he became known as a carpenter and builder, and developed a sound reputation as an architect, despite the lack of formal training in the field.

Montezuma Fuller died in 1925 from stomach cancer.

A Voice of Colorado No. 245 Version 5.0:

The First United Presbyterian Church, at 400 East 4th Street, in Loveland, CO., was added to the State Register on March 8, 2000 and the National Register on July 7, 2004.

Built in 1906 the brick church is an example of early 20th Century ecclesiastical architecture.

Designed by Fort Collins architect Montezuma Fuller in the Romanesque Revival style it retains many original elements including the rock faced stone basement walls, heavy sandstone lintels and sills, a complex roofline, and the iconic crenellated tower. In 1937 the congregation decided to remove two stories, thereby shortening the tower.

A Voice of Colorado No. 243 Version 5.0:

The Henry K. and Mary E. Shaffer House, at 1302 North Grant Avenue, in Loveland, CO., was added to the National Register on January 9, 2007. It is an example of the English-Norman style: A modest, simplified version of the Tudor Revival style, featuring elements of the style include a steeply pitched roof, brick walls, multi-pane casement windows, a prominent exterior chimney, and a gable on the façade with an arched entry known as a “catslide”.

The house was built in 1929, and was designed when the English-Norman Cottage was at its height of popularity in Colorado. It is believed to be the largest example of the style in the western part of Loveland.

A Voice of Colorado No. 241 Version 5.0:

The Hyatt-Spence-Pulliam Ranch, located west of Loveland and Masonville, CO., now known as the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, contains a number of historical structures representing at least two eras of settlement of the white man in Larimer County. First, it embodies a regional agricultural tradition and is also representative of the pioneer lifestyle. Additionally, the buildings that have been retained and restored showcase how ranching took place and still takes place in Larimer County: The ranch house, outbuildings, the landscape, and even a family cemetery – a contained, self-sustaining environment that respects place and purpose.

A Voice of Colorado No. 239 Version 5.0:

The Loveland State Armory Building, 201 South Lincoln Avenue, in Loveland, CO., was added to the National Register April 12, 2001.

In the 1920s Loveland community boosters launched an effort to establish a National Guard unit in the town as a means of building the local economy and to express patriotism.

In 1926 the Loveland State Armory Building was completed and served the community for 35 years, as the headquarters and training facility for local units of the National Guard.

The structure is an example of the Late Gothic Revival style, which has often been favored by armories. It is also an example of the work produced by Denver-based architect Sidney G. Frazier, who also served as a captain in the National Guard.

A Voice of Colorado No. 231 Version 5.0:

The Milner-Schwarz House, located at 710 South Railroad Avenue, in Loveland, CO., was added to the National Register March 19, 2014. It is considered architecturally significant because it is well-defined example of an I-House, with a modification considered classical: A single-story rear wing added to the main section.

Noteworthy features of the form include the two-room wide and one-room deep plan that features a central passes and minimal exterior ornamentation. Despite these defining features the Milner Family, for whom the house is partially named, added a Victorian-style porch.

Additionally, while most I-Houses were constructed of wood the Milner-Schwarz House was constructed of brick, owing to the fact the Milner sons were stone masons by trade.

A final distinction of the Milner-Schwarz I-House is that despite being a Colorado I-House by design the structure tends to favor the Midwest I-House because the chimney are located on the gable ends instead of being located centrally.