George Eastman House conducting condition survey on historic house

For Release 2014-05-30

George Eastman House has awarded a contract to Bero Architecture, PLLC—a local architecture firm certified in historic preservation—to conduct a historic site condition survey on George Eastman’s historic home and garden structures at 900 East Avenue in Rochester, New York. The 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.  Bero Architecture is tasked with assessing the current state of the historic house and garden structures and prioritizing areas that require restoration and/or repair.

“With two-thirds of visitors to Eastman House coming from outside the Rochester community, the museum is a major contributor to our local economy,” said Kathy Connor, curator at George Eastman House. “This condition survey is just the start of a major restoration initiative at the museum that will allow us to continue to provide public access to the historic house and gardens, as well as a safe and appealing experience for all.”

Built between 1902 and 1905, George Eastman’s historic home is one of only two National Historic Landmarks in Rochester. In 1990, George Eastman House reopened to the public following a major first-floor restoration to return the house to the way it looked during George Eastman’s lifetime. Over the past 20 years, severe weather and the natural degradation of materials have affected the structural integrity of the site. Bero Architecture, PLLC was awarded the contract from Eastman House through a competitive bid process.

The historic site condition survey will prioritize areas of critical need at Eastman House, and the results will be used to support fundraising efforts. It will also lay out a plan for ongoing maintenance that is appropriate for the house and that meets New York's preservation requirements.

George Eastman House invites the public to attend a Community Forum to share information on this process along with preliminary findings. The Forum will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 6 p.m. in the Curtis Theatre at Eastman House, 900 East Avenue (use cafe and store entrance on the west side of the building). For more information, please contact Kathy Connor at (585) 271-3361 ext. 242 or

About George Eastman House

George Eastman House holds unparalleled collections, totaling more than four million objects, of photographs, motion pictures, cameras and technology, and photographically illustrated books. Established as an independent non-profit institution in 1947, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and third largest film archive in the United States. The museum is in Rochester, NY, and includes the National Historic Landmark house and gardens of George Eastman, the philanthropist and father of popular photography and motion picture film. Learn more at

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