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Eastman School of Music Annex 2


Eastman School of Music Annex 2 from City of Rochester Property Information



Picture showing bridges of both annexes over Swan Street, from Rochester Public Library
Aerial Photo showing Annex 2.

The second Eastman School Annex of twelve stories was built on the east side of Swan street and opened in 1927.  It included two bridges to the Eastman School and provided classrooms, studios and soundproof practice rooms.two

This annex was built above the 1921 heating plant, whose three coal boilers were removed and shipped to Detroit.  The old boiler room was used for storage and provided parking spaces for George Eastman, Rush Rhees, and Todd on concert nights parked their cars in the heating plant.  Ten days before he took his life, Eastman wrote, "I am returning the key... as it is not likely that I will want to use the Swan Street garage any more...."


References
1927 "Music School Annex Nearly Completed," Democrat and Chronicle, February 7, 1927, Page 15.

1927 "Music Pupils to Have Security of Precious Jewels in Safe at Eastman School Practice Room," Democrat and Chronicle, June 30, 1927, Page 26.
This building has been built over the old boiler house of the institution.  The interior of the boiler room furnishes a large storage space.  The three boilers have been sold and are to be transported to Detroit.

1927 Rochester Review 6(1):2 (October-November 1927)
New Eleven-Story Annex of Eastman School of Music on Swan Street, opened this Fall.

1935 Plat Book of the City of Rochester  
Plate 1:  Eastman Theatre Annex

1977 History of the University of Rochester, 1850-1962, by Arthur J. May.  Expanded edition with notes
Chapter 18, The Birth of a Music Center
The second annex, a ten-story structure built in 1926 and linked to the School by a covered bridge, greatly enlarged the number of classrooms, studio and practice rooms, and contained a special area for the opera department, a gymnasium, and a laundry.  Eastman, Rhees, and Todd on concert nights parked their cars in the heating plant.
Ten days before he took his life, Eastman wrote, "I am returning the key... as it is not likely that I will want to use the Swan Street garage any more...."


2021 Morris A. Pierce