Chautauqua Ampitheatre Advocacy Campaign

CJS Architects is working closely with The Committee to Save the Chautauqua Amphitheatre on this historic preservation advocacy campaign. 

Other strategic partners includes the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation League of New York State, the Landmark Society of Western New York and the New York State Historic Preservation Office.

Chautauqua is internationally recognized as a progressive forum for American cultural and history. As a contributing structure of the National Historic Chautauqua District, the Amp is vital to the Institution’s cultural significance because its guests have helped define core American ideals. As the site of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “I Hate War” speech in 1936, the Amp has also welcomed millions of visitors to significant educational, religious, cultural and entertainment programs over 122 years. Other notable guests include William Jennings Bryan, Susan B. Anthony, Thurgood Marshall, Bobby Kennedy, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Amelia Earhart, Booker T. Washington, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Sandra Day O’Connor

The leadership of Chautauqua Institution is currently proposing to demolish the existing structure and rebuild a modern iteration. CJS has developed an alternative plan to rehabilitate the existing structure. Our preservation-based approach will accommodate necessary changes, such as adding ADA accessibility, while maintaining its historic character and integrity.


Committee to Preserve the Amp Chautauqua, NY
  Cultural Significance Historic Preservation Advocacy Performing Arts
  Pro-Bono Services