George Eastman Museum
The George Eastman Mansion was built in 1905 and is a National Historic Landmark.
The conservatory is two stories tall and features ceiling windows and numerous plants.
Aerial view of the museum. The archives building is in the back.
Backstory and Context
George Eastman (1854-1932) was an entrepreneur known for his contributions and advancements in the field of photography. Eastman resided in his Colonial Revival home in Rochester from the time of its completion in 1905 until his death. In addition to the construction of his estate, Eastman also transformed the 8.5 acres of farmland he bought in 1902. Landscape architect Stephen DeForest, designed the landscape with gardens of all varieties, both formal and informal. The most formal garden is the Terrace Garden, with contains over ninety different perennials and annuals.
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.
Greenwood, Richard. "George Eastman House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. November 13, 1966. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/09f9ecf7-78e9-4fc6-ae45-833545d319b1.
"History." George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Accessed September 18, 2015. https://www.eastman.org/history-george-eastman-museum.