Bird's Eye View of Fort Collins Colorado 1884

James B. Arthur House

New and old Arthur House front

When the house was built...

In the early 1880s James B. Arthur sold his cattle ranch for $90,000 and came to live full-time in his stately Queen Anne Victorian in Fort Collins. His home was built with the finest materials money could buy at the time. Flagstone quarried in nearby Masonville by the Wild family was hauled over to Fort Collins by wagon and team. The brick load-bearing walls were mortared three-bricks thick and the sandstone foundation is rock solid today, 135 years later.

In his home, James and his wife Mary entertained Fort Collins' founders. At the turn of the century, the Arthurs were one of six prominent families in Fort Collins. Their business and political ventures, travels, social occasions, even funeral attendance was chronicled by the local newspaper.

From residence to...

Since the days of the Arthurs, the historic Arthur House has had numerous commercial applications from offices to a hair salon, a french restaurant, and even a rest home. In the 1930s it was a fraternity house for a few years. At some point in the 1940s-1950s it was a rest home. In the 1970s Alouette, a french restaurant, occupied the entire building. In between commercial uses, the Arthur house was a single family home. Residents have reminisced about playing in the carriage house, now a separate property located directly to the north.

Since the early 1990s, the Arthur House has been a mult-unit apartment building which caters to academic-minded Colorado State University students.

The future is bright for historical property...

It is very exciting to anticipate the next incarnation of the Arthur House. Its prime Old Town location on a bustling thoroughfare, Mulberry Street, along with plenty of parking make this property a great location for most commercial applications. Its rich history would make a great backdrop for a bed and breakfast or gold-suited offices. A mixed-use building of offices or a business on the first floor and a luxury residence on the second floor is also an attractive option. Another unique idea would be to split the building into 2 condominiums and build a deluxe carriage house in the northwest corner of the parking lot. Each condo would have its own entrance to the driveway and utilize its own half of the carriage house.

All of the beauty and integrity of an 1880s luxury residence, the Arthur House now features the electrical and plumbing units modern living requires. This property is ripe for developing your dream project.