Architecture and gardens are a daily delight

In 1874, a minister and a layperson from a Methodist Episcopal Church (is that still a valid sect?) started here on the shore of the lake to teach people how to conduct Sunday School classes.  They slept in tents, then built wood platforms to accommodate the learners.

Eventually, the place became a place of ideas, transcending religious sects, and incorporated the arts, knowledge, politics and activism as its hallmarks, while still embracing religions of all kinds to be involved.  Each of the major religious sects have built houses here over the past 110+ years.  Here’s the Catholic House right near the entry to the Amphitheater at the heart of the campus.


One of the best homes for architecture is the Scott’s place on Janes St., just a block from the “Amp”.


Here is the stairway up to their 2nd floor condo and you can see the name of the place on the left side of the stairs.


Our place on the north edge of the community is part of a Gatehouse complex of the Packard car

family’s estate built in the early 1900’s. Our part is the former garage of the gatehouse.


Each time you see a property, it is surrounded by thoughtful, blooming plants…many of them perennials which grace the same spots season after season – Shasta Daisies, Hydrangea bushes, Day Lillies, Hollyhocks, etc.  It seems like everything is in bloom this week.

Here is Philosophy Hall, copied from a Roman building, where they have afternoon major speakers.


This afternoon’s speeches were by EJ Dionne – author and columnist for the Washington Post, followed by the morning’s major centerpiece, Mike Sandel….there were over 1,000 people spilling out of this structure onto the lawns and surrounding buildings just south of the Amp.  Lots of bikes, since this is a major transportation source… there is limited parking inside the campus.  Delightful.



Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.


  • Chip,

    This is very good stuff. We’re enjoying learning more about Chautauqua. As you may remember we drove around the institution in the off season a couple years back. So we have a sense of the physical facility.

    But you are now putting some interesting intellectual meat on those bones.

    Keep ’em coming.

    The WyB’s

    P.S. We like E. J. Dionne and enjoy hearing / seeing him Fridays on NPR / PBS.

    Meanwhile, we are on Cape Cod and continuing to enjoy les Chateaux Dutton, about to take a morning stroll around the grounds. Hope we can find our way back to our guest house…


    • Excellent….glad you like it. I think my posting that whole article violated some blogosphere notions about brevity. Ola to the Duttons.


  • Excellent writing. I think I need a a major tutorial when I get
    back to the USA on format for mine. We are in London now
    awaiting the arrival of the next Royal. It is very hot here even for us Floridians..mainly due to lack of AC.


    • Pam…You have done very well as a first-timer and the photos really have added to the story. I can’t figure out how to fit the words and the photos together very well. Looking forward to word of the Royal baby from you first hand…and name favorites?


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