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Colonnade Restoration


George Eastman (American, 1854–1932). Construction of the Colonnade, 1903. Gelatin silver negative. George Eastman Collection; Gift of Eastman Kodak Co.


George Eastman (American, 1854–1932). Terrace Garden from northeast corner, 1904-1905. Gelatin silver negative. George Eastman Collection; Gift of Eastman Kodak Co.


Colonnade, 2008.

Colonnade restoration

Restoration of the Colonnade, 2019.

Project Dates: Ongoing, Through Early Spring 2020

Attention Museum Visitors: The colonnade will be closed through February 13. See our Plan Your Visit page for up-to-date information about how this project may impact your visit. 

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: Monday, January 6, 2020

  • Restoration is ongoing.
  • Through February 13, the colonnade will be closed to visitors. During this time, the mansion will be closed to accommodate construction. Admission will be discounted during this period.