Notable landmarks(from left to right): The Kodak Camera Works Factory, Kodak Tower, the Main Office Building.

View of The Camera Works and General Offices of the Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y. 
Circa 1920.

In response to the building fire that destroyed Frank Brownwell's, nearby State Street cabinet and camera factory, George Eastman built him a 6-story "Camera Works" Factory. Located at 333 State Street, Eastman rented the building to Brownwell's Manufacturing Company, so that "the great camera designer the world had known" could continue designing box, folding film cameras, and camera parts for Eastman Kodak's ever-growing business. The building would be considered Eastman's earliest investments toward manufacturing his own cameras. Offering "plenty of daylight" (as requested by Brownwell) , the 55,000 square-foot factory building, housed a 126-horsepower engine for all on-site machinery. With over 1,000 employees, the Brownell Manufacturing Company became the largest camera manufacture in the world, until 1902 when Eastman purchased Brownwell's machinery and business. Having played a major part in designing the Brownie, folding Camera and cartridge cameras, Eastman offered Brownwell a job as a design-expert until his eventuall departure from Kodak in 1906. 

Present-day view would be from the corner of Platt & State Street, click here.


The Camera Works and General Offices, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y.

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