"A University springing up in the grove as if Mother Earth had given it birth...
Chautauqua has become the school for the masses..."
~~Rev. H. H. Moore from "Retrospect"
"The Chautauqua Auditorium, built in 1903, is a large historic icosagonal
(20-sided) wooden chautauqua meeting hall located at Forest Park
and North East 9th Street, Shelbyville, Illinois, United States. On January 30, 1978, it was added
to the National Register of Historic Places.
It is the largest building of its kind anywhere in the world. The building
was constructed by a local bridge builder and designed with a unique system of
structural support. Because of this, there are no interior pillars to block the
view of the stage.
The large stage features three female Grecian statues representing Art, Music
and Drama. These statues were works from renowned Illinois artist and
Shelbyville native Robert Root."
the future of the famous Chautauqua Building
is a bit brighter...
~Nancy ~ 327/365