Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall Accessibility

Eastman School of Music: Kilbourn Hall

Considered by many to be one of the finest chamber music halls in the world, Kilbourn Hall serves as the primary location for faculty, student, and guest artist recitals, chamber music and jazz performances, and opera productions.  The hall, seats over 400 people. Opened in 1924, Kilbourn Hall was built by George Eastman and dedicated to the memory of his mother, Maria Kilbourn Eastman. Three stories high and decorated in the Venetian Renaissance style, the hall is well known for its remarkable beauty, pure acoustics, and excellent sight lines.


26 Gibbs Street

Rochester, NY 14604


Mike Stefiuk

Accessible Approach/Entrance

  • Venue is at ground level
  • Route of travel is slip resistant and at least 36” wide
  • Objects can be detected by person with visual disability using a cane
  • Curbs have curb cuts on East Avenue, Swan and Main Streets
  • Most direct route is Barrett Place (between Swan and Gibbs Streets)


Parking and Drop-Off Areas

  • Garage entrances note 6’10” (or 82”) vertical clearance – less than the 98” vertical clearance for lift-equipped vans
  • Sign above garage entrance notes “Handicap spaces located on levels 1, 2 and 3”
  • Accessible spaces are available in the East End Garage
    • Swan Street entrance offers seven (7) accessible spaces
      • Closest to accessible entrance on route from Barrett Place to Gibbs Street
      • Drop off with accessible path for paratransit users – enter Swan Street from East Avenue or from Main Street
      • Spaces are 8’ wide with 5’ wide access aisles - two spaces have an 8’ wide access aisle
      • Access aisles for van accessible spaces marked with hash marks
      • Automatic door and ramp on the south side of garage to exit onto Swan Street – ramp length 110”/height 4”
    • Main Street entrance
      • A minimum of fifteen (15) accessible spaces on three (3) levels – spaces are closest to exit (level 1) and elevator (levels 2 and 3)
        • Level 1 – (5) spaces near entrance – access aisles for van accessible spaces marked with hash marks
      • Closest to accessible entrance on route from Main Street to Gibbs Street
      • Drop off with accessible path for paratransit users – enter Swan Street from Main Street
      • Curb cuts at Main/Swan Street corners and Main/Gibbs Street corners
  • Accessible spaces marked with International Symbol of Accessibility


  • Main entrance is accessible
  • Entrance door has at least 32 inches of clear opening
  • Threshold edge is accessible
  • Door handle no higher than 48 inches and can be open with a fist

Rooms and Spaces

  • Aisles and pathways to materials and services at least 36 inches wide
  • At least 5-foot space for turning a wheelchair completely
  • Obstacles are cane-detectable in circulation paths through public areas


  • Aisles between fixed seating at least 36 inches wide
  • Spaces available for wheelchair seating


• Accessible restroom off Lowry Hall (main Eastman lobby)


Greg Machin at (585) 274-3000

  • New York State Relay Service:  711 or (800) 662-1220 (TTY)

Information from Eastman Theatre Website

(https://www.esm.rochester.edu/theatre/accessibility/ )

All venues are wheelchair accessible. Please contact the Eastman Theatre Box Office at (585) 274-3000 directly to purchase accessible seating.

Kodak Hall and Hatch Recital Hall are equipped with Sennheiser infrared assistive listening systems. If you would like to use a receiver while attending an event in either venue, one of our ushers will be happy to provide one.

Persons wishing to request additional disability-related accommodations, including sign language interpreters, should contact the Concert Office at (585) 274-1109 at least two weeks in advance of the performance to ensure the best possible arrangements.

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