CURRENT STATUS OF PROJECT
As of May 2015, Chautauqua Institution staff continues to explore preservation opportunities within its Amphitheater renewal project. To achieve this goal, and based on recommendations from representatives of the National Park Service, Chautauqua has enlisted the services of an advisory panel comprising historic preservation experts from local and regional organizations and the State Historic Preservation Office. The panel met for the first time at Chautauqua during the first week in May. The Institution has also retained an independent structural engineering firm that has expertise in historic buildings to complete a comprehensive assessment of the Amphitheater as it stands today.
Institution staff is working with outside experts to design a series of community engagement sessions to be held during the 2015 season, when the community has gathered together on the grounds. These sessions will be designed to listen and answer questions, and to educate attendees on the current state of the structure, the history of changes and modifications throughout its 122 years and the Institution’s proposed design. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and offer input, and their contributions will be recorded and reported out to the public. All recorded input will feed into materials the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees will consider at its Aug. 29 meeting, when the Amphitheater renewal project is scheduled for a vote.
The Amphitheater is a contributing building to the designation of Chautauqua Institution as a National Historic Landmark District in 1989.