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Kodak Sign, of the Times

September 13th, 2013

What are workers doing with the sign Kodak at the former Kodak Park?
I happened to be walking by Eastman Business Park this week when I noticed workers messing with the big Kodak sign. My heart of skipped a beat as my first thought was, they must be taking the sign down. I know it’s just a sign. But it’s also part of our collective story. I’d be disappointed to see it go. So I stopped and asked one of the guys if this was the case…

The Kodak sign isn't being removed. Since Kodak doesn't occupy this building anymore, the sign is being rewired; to a different power source.
It turns out the Kodak sign isn’t being removed. Phew! But since Kodak doesn’t occupy this building anymore, the sign is being rewired to a different power source – so the new tenants won’t have to foot the electric bill… that’d sort of be like stealing cable.

Just a sign of the times.

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7 Responses to “Kodak Sign, of the Times”

  1. Jim Fraser says:

    Nominations for ugliest building in Rochester. That building is shockingly. Horribly. Hideously. Aggressively ugly. How ugly? When it was born, they slapped its mother. How ugly? If I painted a face on my dog’s behind and taught it to walk backwards, it wouldn’t be that ugly.

  2. Jim Fraser says:

    Just kidding, Mike! I totally appreciate your story about the Kodak sign and all your many efforts.

    Happy Ecofest, everyone!

  3. @Jim, I agree with your comment. Maybe not in as many words as you. But I agree.

  4. Jim Fraser says:

    Sorry Mike, I’ve been holding back that slam since 1977. Just kinda rushed out.

    Moving beyond architecture, it’s interesting to watch things evolving with the Kodak campus, wondering if that part of the company will morph into a tech incubator, as some suggest. Between the physical infrastructure, abundant space and all the considerable intellectual capital the company has built up over the years, it seems like a win for both the company and the local economy. Haven’t read the piece in the D&C about it, but it seems like the city could gain from partnering somehow. I can picture a training center for workforce entry into high-tech manufacturing lifting a portion of the urban workforce out of poverty to the ultimate benefit of our neighborhoods and the city’s tax base as well.

  5. chase tyler says:

    Hopefully the new company can manage their finances…

  6. FreddieBear says:

    The vacant building once housed 13 room and 14 room coating machines which were Kodak’s color film coating machines from the mid 60’s through till 14 room was shut down in 2012. Movie film that went into the theaters so you could see “Mary Poppins”, “Caddyshack”, “ET”, “Titanic” and so many other greats came from those machines. They also produced over half the world’s color negative & slide films. If your wedding was film captured up into the early 90’s, the film came from those machines. So, yes, the buildings are not the prettiest, but what came out of there sure led to millions of pretty images the older folks still treasure.

  7. Jim Fraser says:

    @Freddie Excellent post. So the building’s contribution to the entertainment world has been great, even while its contribution to the surrounding community maybe hasn’t been so great. Sounds like you have a connection with Kodak history. Were you an employee at one time, or is it more of a personal interest?


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