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Where in Fort Collins?

Where in Fort Collins was this?

This weeks where in Fort Collins has been provided by Captain Bevo. To add to the discussion, can you also guess what is in its place now?

25 comments to Where in Fort Collins?

  • Karen

    By any chance is that the Unitarian Church that was at Mulberry and College? As I recall, it was torn down, sometime in the early seventies, to make way for a Jack in the Box restaurant. As my parents used to say, “there’s progress for you.”

  • Susan

    I think it was the Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Mulberry and College. It’s now a Good Times burger place.

  • pat l.

    I agree with Susan. Cool picture! Where did you get it?

  • I was in that building dozens of times. Definitely the old Unitarian Church. Jack in the box was built there…. Been gone from FC for so long, I have no idea what it is now.

  • The house seen behind it was for a time the studio for the old KZIX radio station.

  • Man, Lost Fort Collins peeps are good!

  • captainbevo

    You guys rock, the challenge is on. Thanks thats pretty cool that you got it right off.

  • Steve

    I grew up blocks away from this building and later rented the house across the street in the early ’70’s when the Jack in the Box replaced it. Real progress alright, Lost Fort Collins indeed! One of three FC domes I know of. (Northern Hotel and the long since demolished 1st National Bank building that stood at the SW corner of College and Mountain are the others). I remember thinking it would have beeen a wonderful music or theatre space, but that is the artsy in me talking.
    Hello Lloyd…..Steve Bennett here.

  • Hello Steve! Believe it or not, I still have recordings of you back from the days of Stonehouse and Cross.

  • Steve

    Lloyd, believe it or not, you may be the only one who does. It should come as no surprise, I would love to hear them…painful though it may be. Happy New Year Everyone!

  • captainbevo

    Happy New Year everyone – Drove past Club Tico the other day and thought of Steve, Vance, George and dont recall the other member. Club Tico strange days.

  • captainbevo

    Funny its lately been rented out for senior dances Full circle for sure. Wanted to go to a Polka dance this past summer there but the scowl on Jody’s face said it all. Who can pass up a good Polka

  • Susan

    Terence, keep ’em coming!

  • Steve, drop me an email at headmoron at webmoron dot net with your address and I’ll see to it that you get copies of everything I have. I also have recordings of Mike McGuffey and Bobby St. John as well as a few by Cunningham Corners.

  • captainbevo

    An interesting tidbit on this church-many people felt that the church was taken over by a business offer by Jack in the Box-not true-I just read on the Fort Collins time line that the members of the church wanted to sell the property because of the amount of noise from traffic at that location so they relocated to the foothills unitarian church.

  • captainbevo

    Well I just discovered that when I scroll over the pics the name of the place pops up-you cant get a better clue then that. Dang that wont happen again

  • captain bevo…always something isn’t it?

  • captainbevo

    Do I hear the Cat purring LOL So like I should like just repost the photos dude?

  • Ken Stitzel

    My wife is a member of the local Unitarian congregation, and this is the story she tells me about the demise of the old building: It was a beautiful building with curved pews in the round space under the dome, but it was also small hot and noisy. Without air conditioning, they had to leave the windows open in the summer–a problem because of the increasing traffic noise. The religious education center was a block away on the other side of College in the building that is now Gojo Sporting Goods. Dangerous for all the little ones to cross the street in all weathers. (During the week, the building housed the Co-op Nursery, where I remember going to nursery school. Right next door to the Spudnut Shop!)

    …The congregation was growing, but there was nowhere to expand. The Presbyterian church on the same block had already bought the adjacent buildings, planning on their own expansion. Eventually, the church decided to build a new building on Yorktown Avenue.

    …My wife’s grandfather, the late George Lane, an active member of the congregation, made sure that some of the stained glass windows were salvaged for use in the new church. He also suggested that they change the new building design so that the main windows faced the mountains. (Clever man: this gives you something to look at if your mind wanders during sermons!) He also salvaged one of the curved pews from the old church–and it now sits on our front porch.

    …George and others joked that they should have kept the old lot, torn down the church themselves, and built a high-rise building with a parking garage underneath, money-generating rental spaces, and the church/Sunday school on the top floors.

    …Too bad Jack-in-the-Box couldn’t figure out how to use the old building as a drive-in, the way that Taco Bell did at the corner of College and Prospect!

  • Great story Ken, and thanks for it! I too have gone to the Unitarian Church on York street. It is a great building as well. Most chain businesses insist on using there own building format, and so would consider remodeling a building. Taco Bell did not preserve that house on their own, the city “strongly” encouraged them too, rather than tear the house down. Of course, now Taco Bell holds that location up as an example of what can be done.

  • AHA! Thought you could hide from me, eh? For some reason, I’d totally lost track of Lost Fort Collins, but here I am again, a month late and at least a buck short. I recognize the old Unitarian church, and probably set eyes on it when it was there, though I don’t remember it. It’s on one of the blocks in town that always mattered most to me, though. I lived a half block away from the location for a while (1977-80) in Ill Manor, as seen on the old Lost Fort Collins blog.

    Anyway, I’m glad to see the blog thriving, and I’ll definitely be back. Good job, guys!

    (Gojo Sports? That sounds like the building my dad’s music studio was in, when it was Kyle’s Music. It was definitely a door or two away from Spudnuts.)

  • Lloyd, Mike McGuffey used to teach guitar at a music studio my dad ran (not Kyle’s — it was the Musical Arts Conservatory, later on, when it was over the former Ben Franklin’s), and for some reason, I have a box of copies of a single he cut before he teamed up with St. John and became Utah. One side is “Young Man’s Blood,” and the other “In My Soul.” Is Mike still in the area?

  • Hi Kip!
    I haven’t been in Fort Collins since 2003, so I’m not sure of Mike McGuffey’s whereabouts. I remember the 45 he put out. As I recall it was on U.S. Eagle records and was produced by a fellow named Bill Reagan. For a short time, Bill had a record store on Walnut Street called U.S. Eagle Records. It was right next to the parking lot for Guiseppe’s restaurant, which I believe is now called The Armadillo.

    I also remember Kyle’s music as well. I worked for a very short time for Vernon Gutscher at his last store on the SE corner of Mountain and Mason Street.

  • I’d forgotten all about Gutscher! I remember hearing the name, back when I was probably playing on the carpet in the store and waiting to go home. Southeast corner of Mountain and Mason — so that would have been in one of the shops in that warren of offices and such. Was that the Stoner Building? I worked in 208 for a while, managing the Comic Center for Chuck Rozanski in the same storefront that used to be Bonny Tremaine’s “The Book Shop.”

    As I recall (working for the moment on the assumption that Stoner was the right name), there were Stoner sisters who owned a bunch of properties around town, and one brother whose sole property was the little hive of stores and such across the tracks from the First National Bank. Not sharp on the details any more, but he wasn’t seen as a very good landlord. One time some comics that had vanished out of our store showed up in an empty storefront next door. What was that all about?

    Good old Giuseppe’s! I used to love the double cheese pizzas there. Dad played dinner music there for a while, and Probe/NCET used to put on dinner theater there in a tiny stage they’d rigged up in one corner. I was all set to act there in “Ten Little Indians,” but Giuseppe’s suddenly went out of business and we ended up doing it at the Knights of Columbus hall, where we had to take the set and the stage apart after each weekend so they could have their normal Bingo night on Thursday.

  • Where exactly was Giuseppe’s? I was just in Ft Collins and it has changed a lot since 1973!

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