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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.

Project Dates: Ongoing, Through Winter 2020

Attention Museum Visitors: See our Plan Your Visit page for up-to-date information about how this project may impact your visit.

The Colonnade of George Eastman’s mansion provides the only interior route between George Eastman Museum’s main entrance and galleries and our 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 has deteriorated because water has infiltrated the steel- reinforced concrete, will be replaced. New gutters and downspouts will be installed to protect the structure. The five wooden columns that were installed after a fire in 1949 will be replaced with Indiana limestone columns that match the originals. The Colonnade roof will be replaced, and its support structure will be restored. The current single-pane windows provide poor insulation and their wooden sashes are not air or water tight. A new insulated glass system and a new heating and cooling system will be installed to ensure visitor comfort year round.

The Colonnade restoration project has been supported by benevolent contributions from Bruce Bates and Georgia Gosnell and 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.


Last Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • Restoration is ongoing.
  • Through construction, guests will access the mansion via the Townson Terrace Garden, accessible to all by ramps.