Recently, a Vulnerabilities Assessment was conducted to identify the projected impacts of climate change at the Chautauqua National Historic Landmark District (NHL) and is the first step in developing mitigation and adaptation plans in a comprehensive Sustainability and Resilience Strategy for this cherished place.
Chautauqua was established in 1898 and today recognized as one of the most historically and culturally significant places in Colorado. The Chautauqua NHL comprises 40 acres of land owned by the City of Boulder, 26 of which are leased to the Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA). This collection of irreplaceable historic buildings, structures, objects and cultural landscapes is situated at the urban/wildland interface, presenting a unique set of vulnerabilities.
The Vulnerabilities Assessment is organized according to seven systems (built, cultural, ecological, economic, neighborhood, infrastructure, transportation) and places identified vulnerabilities into the context of systems they affect.
- Identified vulnerabilities include water & drainage, heat, fire, aging buildings & infrastructure, increased visitation and adjacency to open space land.
- Identified vulnerabilities are ranked (high, medium, low) with aging infrastructure, drainage, fire and increased visitation all categorized as high and requiring immediate attention.
- Preservation of the unique character of the Chautauqua NHL will present challenges and require creative thinking in developing options for mitigation and adaptation to identified vulnerabilities.
The results of the Vulnerability Assessment will help inform the second step of the project in developing options to mitigate risk and achieve long term sustainability and resilience at the Chautauqua NHL.