A Rich History
In 1868, Round Lake, NY began as a “camp meeting” town, with as many as
20,000 gathering to hear rousing summer sermons. By the late
1800s, the town evolved into a Chautauqua-styled educational resort,
complete with hotels, museums, and lecture halls.
The Heart of It All
Its literal and figurative center was the Auditorium. From a
rough platform in a tree grove, it grew to an open-sided building with
canvas flaps, and, in 1912, to the glass-enclosed pavilion we see
today. Falling into ruin by the 1950s and nearly bulldozed,
the Auditorium is now lovingly restored with modern amenities, creating
a cultural venue of rustic architectural beauty.
The Auditorium’s crown jewel is a Gothic Revival-cased Tracker
organ. Built in 1847 and moved to Round Lake in 1888, the
1900-pipe organ is the oldest and largest of its kind in the United
States, and currently under consideration for National Landmark status.
The Tradition Continues
The Round Lake Auditorium continues its summer tradition with a full
range of cultural offerings. Concerts, performances, art
shows, and social activities grace the 450-seat space, from June
through August. Intimate in ambience but large
enough to attract significant programming, the Auditorium is a unique,
historic backdrop for any event… and a worthwhile stop on any Capital