Rochester, N.Y., June 4, 2019—The George Eastman Museum is hosting a community forum on Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m., to share information about its historic mansion and garden restoration program. The museum invites the public to attend and learn more about the status of the project and its next phase as well as ask questions and provide input for the projects moving forward.
The George Eastman Museum is in need of support for the restoration of the museum’s historic garden structures. The Pergola, Grape Arbor, and Loggia, which have withstood over 100 years of Rochester’s annual freeze/ thaw cycle and are in a dire state of severe deterioration and instability. The museum will submit an application to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation in conjunction with the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council to request funding for the project.
These original structures were designed by renowned architects. Alling S. DeForest provided the overall landscape design and collaborated with J. Foster Warner, who designed both the Pergola (built in 1905) and Grape Arbor (1921). In 1916, Eastman commissioned architect Claude Bragdon to design both the Loggia and the West Garden. When Eastman resided here, the structures were used for relaxation, entertaining, and as a backdrop for promotional photography to market Kodak film. Today, they are integral to the visitor experience, popular for wedding and event photography, and enjoyed by the community.
The George Eastman Museum invites the public to attend a community forum to learn more about the status of the historic mansion and garden restoration project and its next phase as well as ask questions and provide input for the projects moving forward. The forum will be held on Monday, June 10 at 6 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at the George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, Rochester (use the Café & Store entrance on the west side of the building).