Community forum planned for Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m.
Rochester, N.Y., June 27, 2016—The George Eastman Museum is hosting a community forum on Monday, July 11, at 6 p.m. to share information about its historic mansion restoration program and update community members about the next phase.
In 2013, Bero Architecture PLLC conducted a site condition survey of George Eastman’s historic residence. The site condition survey was funded by a grant through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation through Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993. The survey identified urgent and necessary restoration and repairs of various areas of the historic house and garden structures, with an estimated total cost of $3 million. The Eastman Museum has successfully raised over $1.3 million in private funding to support these restoration efforts, which will preserve the historic mansion and assure that all areas remain safe and publicly accessible.
The museum will submit a new grant application to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation on July 29. This application’s focus is urgent and necessary restoration of more than 40 windows in the historic mansion. These windows are original to the house and were installed between 1903 and 1905. Many years of severe weather have compromised their functionality and their ability to protect the interior and structural integrity of the house. In addition, more than 65 custom-designed, preservation approved storm windows will be manufactured and attached to the historic house.
In 1966, George Eastman’s historic home became one of only two National Historic Landmarks in Rochester. In 1990, George Eastman’s mansion reopened to the public following a major restoration of the first floor to return it to the way it looked during his lifetime. The house is a major cultural attraction and tourist destination. More than 65 percent of visitors to the museum have traveled here from outside the region—from across the United States and around the world.
The George Eastman Museum invites the public to attend a community forum to learn more about the status of the historic mansion restoration project and what’s in store for the next phase of restoration efforts. The forum will be held on Monday, July 11, at 6 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at the George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, Rochester (use the cafe and store entrance on the west side of the building). For more information, please contact Kathy Connor, Curator of the George Eastman Legacy Collection, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 271-3361 ext. 242.