Project Dates: Ongoing, Through Summer 2020
Attention Museum Visitors: The George Eastman Museum is temporarily closed to the public until further notice, in response to the national emergency.
The Colonnade provides the only interior route between George Eastman Museum’s main entrance and galleries and the historic mansion and gardens. The museum is undertaking a major restoration and renovation of the Colonnade to complete essential structural repairs and to provide a more hospitable experience for visitors.
The Colonnade’s floor structure, which had deteriorated because water has infiltrated the steel-reinforced concrete, is being replaced. New gutters and downspouts are being installed to protect the structure. The five wooden columns that were installed after a fire in 1949 are being replaced with Indiana limestone columns that match the originals. The Colonnade roof is being replaced and its support structure restored. The previous single-pane windows provided poor insulation and their wooden sashes were not air or water tight. A new insulated glass system and a new heating and cooling system are being installed to ensure visitor comfort year round.
The Colonnade restoration project has been supported by benevolent contributions from Bruce Bates and Georgia Gosnell and by the Save America’s Treasures grant program which is funded by the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Additional funding has been provided by a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation through Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993 under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative and by a vitality grant in historic preservation from the Rochester Area Community Foundation.
Last Updated: Friday, April 17, 2020
- The restoration of the historic Colonnade is nearly finished. During Summer 2020, we anticipate completing the final steps in this crucial project—installing the floor tiles and the glass windows. During installation, we may need to temporarily close access to the historic mansion. We will provide updates through museum e-news and at eastman.org/visit when the installation dates are confirmed.