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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.  


Gigi Weihe

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Servers and hosts are nice, and food/atmosphere is pleasant. Plan to chill cause the kitchen can be slow. Atmosphere can be nice cause it's an historic building in a park. Pretty kid friendly for a more upscale dining spot. Patio could be a decent place for a second date given the scenery, relaxed service, and inoffensive menu.

Alex Graber

Saturday, July 7, 2018
I'll usually stop in here for a late lunch during the week. Brought my folks here once for brunch. Each meal has been really quite good. I tend to get the country salad, but there's plenty of good looking food on the menu. Parking nearby can be a challenge especially in the summer. Anyone hiking from Chautauqua Park tries to park here too, so afternoons can be tough, but that's not a mark against the restaurant. Parking on Baseline or the perpendicular roads is an option. Similarly there's a shuttle from the University of Colorado parking lot on Regent. As far as I know, there are no Flatiron views from the dining areas, but it's still a nice place to grab a drink and food.

Amit Sharma

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Four star is for their good service and location close to trails. The ambience is really good and they have outdoor seating as well. Food options are limited so in that it is probably just a 3 star. We tried their veggie burger which was good. But in coolers their lemonade and carrot n pineapple juice were awesome.

Mattias Fornander

Sunday, July 22, 2018
We just love the ambiance at this place but the food is just average compared to the many other wonderful restaurants in Boulder. I wish they had a better and more interesting menu so this would become one of my favorite places. We come for the historic feeling but are never really surprised by the food.

Kevin Rappaport

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Fantastic place for so many reasons: the flatirons, the rustic house and amazing porch side dining, good food and drinks, 4 stars. David is an excellent waiter 5 stars and consistently as we love to come here anytime we get the chance and he has waited on us several times. Had a very nice sunset supper on the porch last night and enjoyed pretty much everything about it. We will be back soon!

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