George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is the oldest and one of the largest and best of its kind in the world. It is located in the Colonial Revival mansion built by East Kodak Company founder, George Eastman in 1905. The museum opened in 1949 with the purpose of preserving films and photographs. The collection is enormous, featuring 400,000 photographs and negatives, 28,000 films, four million films, and thousands of publications. Highlights include Civil War photographs by Alexander Gardner, early Ansel Adams prints, works by French photographers, and daguerreotypes. The museum holds changing exhibits throughout the year. It is also one of the leading film and photograph conservation institutions in the world. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a National Historic Landmark.
Backstory and Context
The Terrace Garden was the most used and photographed garden due to its easy access from the living room, dining room, and conservatory. In addition, Eastman hosted guests and business receptions at the Terrace Garden. In 1916, after purchasing nearby property to the west, Eastman added even more gardens with the help of architect Claude Bragdon.
George Eastman passed away in 1932 and bequeathed the home to the University of Rochester and became the president's residence (Eastman was a good friend of the president at that time). Ten years later a board of trustees took over the house and started the process of converting the house to a museum, which came to fruition in 1949. The archive building was completed in 1989 and the house was renovated in early 1990.
"History." George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Accessed September 18, 2015. https://www.eastman.org/history-george-eastman-museum.
Photos: George Eastman Museum