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.



The Amphitheater is entering the final phase of design called the “construction document phase,” where the design team finalizes the drawings and specifications for the construction companies to use for the actual construction of the project, when the funding becomes available. Those involved will also be reviewing the designs in consideration of the many comments received about the project through Q-and-A sessions at Smith Memorial Library in 2013. The historic preservation architect has completed his review of the project and provided valuable comments that are being incorporated into the project. The exterior of the back-of-the-house design is currently being finalized — the model on display at the library (now at the Main Gate Welcome Center) was incomplete and lacked final detailing.

As drawings are finalized, Chautauqua will move toward qualifying contractors for this important project, with the hope of eventually obtaining bids for the work from contractors who have demonstrated the abilities to successfully complete a project of this magnitude and complexity. Construction will not be scheduled until final fundraising for the project is completed, and after the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees authorizes the project.


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.