On August 15, 2016, restoration of an iconic downtown building in Fort Collins, Colorado began when Ginger and Jack Graham broke ground on a $10 million project honoring Old Town Fort Collins‘ past while helping to define its future.
The Fort Collins millionaires bought the historic Northern Colorado Feeders Supply building a year ago and began planning its transformation into a dining hub including a coffee and pie shop.
A two-story addition will house two restaurants and provide handicapped accessibility to the historic feed and grain building.
Restoring a 105-year-old landmark that looks every bit its age is a laborious and expensive undertaking.
A crack in one corner of the stone and stucco exterior traverses the building’s entire height. The roof has open gaps. Windows are drafty and broken, and staircases are rickety.
“Buying the building was the easy part,” said Jack Graham, former Colorado State University quarterback and athletics director.