Greetings from snowy Chautauqua.
I want to follow up on my September letter on the Amphitheater project by sharing with you some of the material that we took to our board of trustees on November 7. During this session, the administration and board conducted a deep dive on the Amphitheater project, reviewing all materials and opinions received to date.
Since its construction in 1893, Chautauqua Institution’s Amphitheater has played a central role in both fulfilling Chautauqua’s mission and building community.
Acknowledging that the current structure has many challenges due to age, size, configuration and the demands of presenting a 21st-century program, Chautauqua Institution convened a group of experts and engaged Chautauquans to explore these challenges; examine the critical issues central to its rehabilitation, restoration and/or reconstruction; and to set a framework for the design process.
The Amphitheater is a contributing building to the designation of Chautauqua Institution as a National Historic Landmark District in 1989.