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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).

About the George Eastman Museum

Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master’s degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to the fields of film preservation and of photographic preservation and collection management. For more information, visit eastman.org.

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