Own a midcentury time capsule home? This Fort Collins tour wants you.

by HomeDecorBeauty


Kathryn Kurtz’s home is in the magazine.

To be exact, page 39 of the 1957 edition of New Home Guide magazine.

Earlier this month, Kurtz carefully picked up the magazine pages from her dining table, showing the original plans for her 1958 ranch home north of Fort Collins.

More than 60 years later, the four-bedroom ranch west of Long Pond remains largely unchanged – still has its original layout and features such as blue metal GE kitchen cabinets, a massive stone fireplace wall and seven sliding glass doors.

The Kurtz Residence photographed in Fort Collins on June 8.

And thanks to the new Fort Collins family tour, the neat time capsule will once again be admired by the masses.

According to Angel Kwiatkowski, co-founder of Hairpin Homes, a local renovation company specializing in mid-century modern homes, plans to debut the Kurtz house and some other Fort Collins mid-century wonders this fall for the first ever mid-century modern home Residential tour.

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“I just think the mid-century aesthetic is very enduring. People still love it so much,” Kwiatkowski told The Colorado. “Home tours are great fun for mature people and aspiring people (for people looking for decorating ideas) who want a high-end remodel.”

Inspired by Denver Modernism Week, which celebrates mid-century modern homes and architecture each August, Kwiatkowski said she and her business partner Michelle Rambolt decided to start their own tour featuring Fort Collins homes. It is scheduled to take place this fall.

While the Poudre Landmarks Foundation has previously hosted a special mid-century modern edition of its annual historic building tour, the Hairpin Homes tour will be the first entirely dedicated to the architectural era.

Kwiatkowski said the Hairpin Homes tour will showcase about five homes built between circa 1949 and 1979, some of which — like Kurtz’s — are essentially mid-century time capsules, while others have been recently renovated.

The Kurtz home was previously featured in the Poudre Landmark Foundation’s 2016 Historic Family Tour. To that end, Kurtz said she pulled out magazine clippings, architectural plans and illustrations that predated her beloved home.

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Kurtz and her husband David purchased the home from the original owners in 2012. Appropriately, they filled it with mid-century decor and embraced its original features—including a vintage xylophone doorbell, a teal fountain in the kitchen, and even an indoor charcoal grill, Kurtz learned in 1958 This is quite novel.

The Kurtz Family Kitchen is pictured at their home in Fort Collins on June 8.

“We jokingly blew a kiss on the house (before we bought it),” Kurtz said, noting that she and David had admired the mid-century ranch for several years before it hit the market.

Now, they walk through its teal double doors every day – travel back in time to 1958. This fall, more mid-century fans will do the same.

Do you have a mid-century home to show off?

Go to HairpinHomes.com/mcm-tour to learn more about tours and how to become a specialty home.

Erin Udell covers news, culture, history, and more for Coloradoans. Contact her at [email protected] The only way she can keep doing what she does is with your support. Thank you if you subscribe. If not, subscribe to Coloradoan’s digital subscription today.

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