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Forum to focus on George Eastman Museum restoration program

The George Eastman Museum will hold a community forum July 17 at 6 p.m. to discuss the historic building’s restoration program and the plan to relocate and redesign the main entrance to amplify accessibility.

The current projects to preserve the historic site began in 2014 after Bero Architecture PLLC conducted a site condition survey and determined a restoration plan adding up to some $3.5 million, officials said. To complete the projects, the museum is seeking grants.

Moving the main entrance will improve tour bus drop off and parking and allow more parking spaces to be made. Plans also include expanding the museum café, creating a unisex/family restroom and renovating the Curtis Theatre. The project will cost an estimated $2 million, and the museum is submitting a grant application for $1 million from the New York State Council on the Arts/Empire State Development Arts through the Cultural Facilities Improvement Program.

Three years ago, the state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation gave the museum a grant of $500,000 to support the restoration of the colonnade. Georgia Potter Gosnell and the Davenport-Hatch Foundation matched the grant in support of the project. Now, the museum will apply for another grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation in an effort to complete the restoration.

The renovation will make the museum all-around more accessible and safer for visitors as well as preserve the historic building, officials said.

The forum takes place in Curtis Theatre.

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