Chautauqua Tower

The Chautauqua Tower is located at Glen Echo Park in Montgomery County, Maryland, USA. It is a Richardsonian Romanesque circular structure of irregularly shaped, rough-faced stone, dominating the central entrance to the park. Construction of the tower was started in either 1890 or 1891, it was completed in 1892, and is approximately 34 feet in diameter and three stories high, capped by an 11-sided roof of steep pitch with a flagpole rising from its peak. It is the sole intact physical remnant of the late-19th century Chautauqua movement at Glen Echo, Maryland, and as a local specimen of late-Victorian rustic architecture.[2]

Chautauqua Tower
Chautauqua Tower Sep 11.jpg
Chautauqua Tower, September 2011
Chautauqua Tower is located in Maryland
Chautauqua Tower
Chautauqua Tower is located in the United States
Chautauqua Tower
LocationGlen Echo Park, Glen Echo, Maryland
Coordinates38°57′58″N 77°8′18″W / 38.96611°N 77.13833°W / 38.96611; -77.13833Coordinates: 38°57′58″N 77°8′18″W / 38.96611°N 77.13833°W / 38.96611; -77.13833
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built1891 (1891)
ArchitectMindelef, Victor
Architectural styleLate Victorian
NRHP reference No.80000350[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 4, 1980

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

The tower was originally part of a large complex of buildings at the entrance of the Glen Echo Chautauqua. The National Register of Historic Places nomination form correctly identifies the architect, Victor Mindeleff, but misspells his name. Mindeleff is best known for his work with the Bureau of American Ethnology.[2]

Currently, the Tower is the studio of Artist in Residence J. Jordan Bruns and Mariana Kastrinakis. The first floor is also used as studio space by artists on a monthly basis.



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Barry Mackintosh (March 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Chautauqua Tower" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01.

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