“home of the father of photography”
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film combines the world’s leading collections of photography and film with the stately pleasures of the landmark Colonial Revival mansion and gardens that George Eastman called home from 1905 to 1932. The Museum is a National Historic Landmark. Mr. Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak Company, is heralded as the father of modern photography and the inventor of motion picture film. George Eastman House The Eastman House, the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the world’s oldest film archives, opened to the public in 1949. World-renowned for its photograph and motion picture archives, the Museum is also a leader in film preservation and photograph conservation, educating the top archivists and conservators from around the world. Mr. Eastman (1854–1932) built his home at 900 East Avenue between 1902 and 1905. He created a unique urban estate complete with 10.5 acres of working farm land, formal gardens, greenhouses, stables, barns, pastures, and a 35,000-square-foot, 50-room Colonial Revival mansion with a fireproof structure made of reinforced concrete.
I thoroughly enjoyed touring the George Eastman house on the few occasions I got the chance. The estate is steeped in history and provides an incredible look into the eccentricities and genius of the creator of Kodak. The property includes a conservatory with a huge Elephant head mounted on the wall, a vast collection of photography owned by the Eastman estate and even tells of his kind philanthropy to Rochester and sad death. We were lucky enough to find an attendant that was a rabid fan of the history surrounding the place and took us on our own private tour. A really interesting way to spend a few hours if you are in Rochester!
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George Eastman House
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