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Chautauqua Park Historic District

900 Baseline Rd


In the late 1890s, the Texas Board of Regents determined to establish a summer school for teachers in a cool climate. Because the Chautauqua Movement was such a powerful and popular cultural force in the United States at the time, the regents surmised that the best way to obtain a favorable location for the teachers’ school would be to partner with a railroad company, package the school with a chautauqua, and barter with a Colorado town for a site. Boulder city leaders wooed the Texans by offering to supply land, facilities and public utilities for the assembly. The site for what originally was called the Texas-Colorado Chautauqua was expressly chosen for its spectacular mountain setting and its health-giving environment. 

On July 4, 1898, over 4,000 people gathered for the opening day of the Colorado Chautauqua. Boulder civic leaders and Texas educators had joined together to create a cultural and educational summer retreat. A promotional brochure published at the time proclaimed, “The program embraces a period of six weeks and is by all odds the most comprehensive intellectual retreat ever presented west of the Mississippi River.” 

Located at the base of Boulder's Flatirons and one of only 25 National Historic Landmarks in the state of Colorado, the Colorado Chautauqua is one of only a few remaining chautauquas in the U.S. It is considered THE western representation of the cultural movement that swept the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is the only site west of the Mississippi that has been in continuous operation since its founding and with its original structures intact and used for their original purposes.

The City of Boulder owns the 40 acres of land underlying the Colorado Chautauqua, along with the Auditorium, the Dining Hall and the Academic Hall. Since its founding in 1898, the City has leased 26 acres of the land and those buildings to the Colorado Chautauqua Association - the 501 (c) (3) steward of the chautauqua. The Colorado Chautauqua Association owns the Community House, the Missions House Lodge and the Columbine Lodge as well as 60 of the 99 cottages on the premises. The other 39 cottages are privately owned - with the land subleased to the private individuals by the Colorado Chautauqua Association. All buildings are subject to Landmark Design Guidelines administered by the City of Boulder

The Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) is a 501 (c) (3) Colorado nonprofit corporation that leases 26 acres of grounds, the Auditorium, Dining Hall and Academic Hall from the City of Boulder and has responsibility for preservation and use of those facilities as well as the buildings it owns. The mission of CCA is to preserve, perpetuate and improve the site and spirit of the historic Chautauqua by enhancing its community and values through cultural, educational, social and recreational experiences. CCA provides lodging, programming and venues for private events in the historic Chautauqua buildings and grounds.

Now in its second century, the Colorado Chautauqua remains committed to its historic purpose, offering outstanding cultural and educational programs and attracting more than a million visitors each year.  


Saied Delagah

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
Awesome setting, food and menu need creativity and revision. One of the best places to eat in town in terms of location but I only go occasionally. Definitely worth one visit for sure

Courtney Peck

Sunday, May 20, 2018
One of my favorite breakfast spots in Boulder. On warm days, get a seat on the covered porch and enjoy the delicious food and coffee.

yolanda lucas Bravo

Monday, April 9, 2018
Nice and calm place for dinner. Waiters are gentle, kind and solicitous. Food is well prepared and presented

Brandon Calano

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Food was amazing, 5 stars! Service was great and efficient, but not necessarily a standout among other top Boulder restaurants. Here's what left me with a sour taste: when trying to plan a meal for a large party, the staff acted aloof and had the attitude that we were doing them a disservice. After that conversation, I decided to take our large party elsewhere but was convinced to stay on board by a family member. Our dining experience was excellent. Shout out to the awesome staff who pulled it off. The day of our dinner, a kind manager made sure we had everything we needed and assured us we could all be seated together. That said, I wouldn't return with a sizable party because of our initial experience trying to reserve a large table.

Chris Cornwall

Monday, April 16, 2018
Great menu choices. We couldn't decide between breakfast or lunch. Both were good!

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