Chautauqua Institution

The Off Season Project Updates page is designed to keep Chautauquans informed of the progress on capital projects and maintenance through the off-season.


Current off-season construction projects
Updated March 21, 2014

Turner Community Center

The Turner Community Center is undergoing a boiler replacement project that will improve the efficiency of the year-round facility and provide better temperature controls throughout the building.



As of September 2014, the final phase of design, the construction documents phase, nears its conclusion. Chautauquans have given approximately $24 million of the estimated $30 million needed for the project to move forward. The final construction cost will be determined by bids received. The total estimated cost of the project, including an endowment fund to ensure its ongoing maintenance, currently stands at $33.5 million. Chautauqua is also beginning the process of selecting an owner's representative in anticipation of the bidding and procurement phases.

In addition, community comments and inquiries on accessibility around and through the Amphitheater, with specific concerns regarding the removal of the red footbridge at South Terrace, led the design team to develop alternative approaches to accessibility and particularly the east-side landscape design at the back of the house. A revised design is in progress.



Athenaeum Hotel 

The Athenaeum Hotel continues its off-season schedule of room updates, nearing completion of seven more rooms that will be completely renovated and outfitted with new furnishings and finishes. The renovations are similar to the projects completed over the past two years. The off-season's other major project, also nearing completion, is a new elevator for the Athenaeum Annex. This new elevator will provide full accessibility for all floors of the Annex. The dining room is being painted and new ceiling fans are being installed. Also on order is new lobby furniture that will update the appearance and comfort of this active space.

Norton Hall

The exterior of Norton Hall was repainted starting in fall 2013 and will be completely finished for this summer. Chautauqua is also studying the possibility of climate control within the building. Additional interior work will continue there as well, adding to annual improvements to this historic facility.

Lake & Environment

Chautauqua continues work on the stormwater management plan, tree replacement plan and lake shoreline protection action plan. More information about these projects will be shared as they progress through the spring.