The Chautauqua Institution House History Project
The Chautauqua Institution and the Chautauqua Property Owners Association are updating the existing inventory of historical resources in our community.

The houses of Chautauqua tell a remarkable story. The story of our homes has almost continuously changed and evolved. Have you ever wondered who built your house and how and why it was used? And, if modifications were made, why and when were they done, and what exactly was changed?

Although there is a file in the archives with the address of your house, there is often scant information beyond the history of the title changes. However, many current homeowners have a good sense of the story of their homes. We are hoping to fill in some of the blanks before even more of the stories are lost.

We are interested in any information you would like to share about yourselves and the current use of your house. We are, after all, merely stewards of the fabric of this amazing place. Years from now, the new owners will be fascinated by your story. In addition, we are asking all homeowners who are planning a modification to describe their plans and the planning process. What is being modified, and why are you proposing this change?

We would also be interested in any information you can share about the history of your house. Please fill out this brief questionnaire.

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Chautauqua Address
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Off-season Address
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The Archives has a list of the dates of the property transfers, but not dates of construction. Do you know what year your house was built?
If so, when? And if not, is there a date range? How do you know?
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Architect and/or builder information: Do you know the original (or subsequent) builders' information? If so, please describe below.
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Date(s) and/or details of any additions, changes or alterations made to the house?
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Why were these additions, changes or alterations made? Were they successful?
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Names of any previous resident(s) and the periods in which they lived at your address?
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Were any of the previous owners/residents significant in the history or development of Chautauqua or notable people outside of Chautauqua? What were their occupations? Please relay any significant stories from the past.
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Please note any additional historical information about your home.
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Please tell us about yourself. What is your connection to your house?
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When did you purchase/inherit it?
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Has your use changed over time? If so, how?
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Is the home a rental or owned by family?
What is your connection to Chautauqua?
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How and when did you first start coming?
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What activities/events do you most enjoy?
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Are you significant in the history and development of Chautauqua or notable outside of Chautauqua?
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Please choose the option that best fits.
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