2014: 75th Year of Pittsburgh's Buhl Planetarium Historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projector at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

Allegheny Public Square Plaza / Park, North Side, Pittsburgh
Formerly Ober Park
Now Known As Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square

Photo from postcard sold at Buhl Planetarium in the 1970s, showing Buhl Planetariium fronted by the Allegheny Square Fountain
1970s-era photograph of the Allegheny Square Fountain and Amphitheater,
with The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in the background.
This image comes from a postcard sold in the gift shop of Buhl Planetarium.

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Earlier known as Diamond Square and Ober Park, Allegheny Public Square is the site of the original town square of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (which was annexed to become the North Side of Pittsburgh in December of 1907), in front of the original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science and caddy-corner to America's first publicly-funded Carnegie Library, Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny and the very first Carnegie Hall (which now contains the New Hazlett Theater).

Allegheny Public Square Plaza Rehabilitation Project

The winner of the 2007 Design Competion of Ideas for Allegheny Public Square (sponsored by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh) is Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco, California. More information:

Summary of Winning Proposal

Winning Project Summary Statement

Photographs of Allegheny Square Through the Years

Nearby Institutions

News Articles

Proposals by Glenn A. Walsh


Photographs of Allegheny Square Through the Years

During construction of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (1937 October to 1939 October). Diamond Square (also known as Ober Park at that time) was renovated into a more modern Ober Park, to complement the new Buhl Planetarium. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ober Park was renovated and "modernized," again, into the present-day Allegheny Public Square, to complement the new Allegheny Center Mall and Office and Apartment Complex also under construction at that time.

Diamond Square (1937 - 1938): 1937 April 23 - Image 1 *** 1937 April 23 - Image 2 *** 1938 Oct. 22

Ober Park (1950s) *** Allegheny Square with Fountain / Amphitheater (1970s) *** Allegheny Square Fountain / Amphitheater, looking west (1980s) (5).

Allegheny Square Amphitheater, looking north toward Buhl Planetarium (early 1980s) (5)

Annual Summer "Solstice Day" Event Held by Buhl Planetarium on Allegheny Square Plaza (June 21):

* Photograph of a Buhl staff member (Public Relations Director Caroljo "Jo" Lee; now Caroljo Lee Henderson) weighing a patron's snowball, in front of Buhl Planetarium (Allegheny Square Plaza), on 1985 June 21.
* Display of Tripoli Rocketry Association rockets in front of Buhl Planetarium (Allegheny Square Plaza), 1984 June 21 (5).

Allegheny Square (1998 October)

Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square:

Construction (2011) and Completion (2012) of Park - Looking toward Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny

Park Looking Toward One Allegheny Square Office Building

Park Water Sculpture "Cloud Arbor" (water mister): Link 1 *** Link 2


Nearby Institutions

The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (1939 to 1991)

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Regional Branch
Originally Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny (1890 to 2006)

First Publicly-Funded Carnegie Library in America

Carnegie Hall - now home to the New Hazlett Theater
World's First Carnegie Hall

Old Allegheny Post Office - now home to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Boggs and Buhl Department Store (building demolished - 1869 to 1958)

Allegheny Center Mall and Office and Apartment Complex

NRG Thermal Natural Gas Steam Plant (serving North Side institutions)

Other Lower North Side Neighbors of Allegheny Public Square Plaza/Park

History of the Lower North Side of Pittsburgh
Including Buhl Planetarium and Carnegie Library


News Regarding Allegheny Square and Proposed Rehabilitation

SpaceWatchtower Blog

Walsh, Glenn A. "Northside Chronicle: Buhl Planetarium Turns 75." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2014 Feb. 8.
The 2014 February edition of North Side Pittsburgh's monthly newspaper, The Northside Chronicle,
includes a feature article on the 75th year of Pittsburgh's Buhl Planetarium.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Historic Buhl Planetarium Flag Pole Refurbished, Back-in-Use." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2013 Dec. 7.
Also see: The Historic Flag Pole At Pittsburgh's Original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science

Walsh, Glenn A. "Laserium: 40th Anniversary." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2013 Nov. 19.
2013 November 19 marks the 40th anniversary of the musical concert set to laser lights known as Laserium,
once seen in many planetaria worldwide, including Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of
Popular Science (a.k.a. Buhl Science Center). As Laserium is considered the first on-going laser show that
was not part of a special or one-time event, it is also thought that Laserium launched the international
laser display industry.

Zlatos, Bill. "Pittsburgh's Buhl Foundation to focus efforts on North Side."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2013 Nov. 14.
Buhl made a fortune in retail with his partner, Russell Boggs. The Boggs and Buhl Department Store sat across from what now is the
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (inside The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science building), and Buhl never forgot that much of his
money came from the North Side.
Buhl has given the museum $2.5 million since 2002. Most of the money went for an expansion in 2004 and the development of Buhl Community
Park in Allegheny Square. Werner said she has been talking with Buhl officials about another expansion of the museum into space once occupied
by the Carnegie Library that closed as a result of a lightning strike in 2006. The library reopened in 2009 (in a new building three blocks north of the
historic building) with $1 million in help from Buhl.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Carnegie Library Bldg. May Be Reused by Children's Museum." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2013 Sept. 3.
Regarding the possible reuse of the historic Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny building, America's first publicly-funded Carnegie Library, by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, as they reused the historic Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science building, next-door, in 2004.

Nelson Jones, Diana. "Children's Museum may expand into former library."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2013 August 3.
The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, which started in 1983 in the basement of the Old Allegheny Post Office, later occupied the entire post office building, and expanded into the original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 2004, is now considering the possibility of offering programming in the building that formerly held the Allegheny Regional Branch of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (the first publicly-funded Carnegie Library in America), in historic Allegheny Square on the Lower North Side of Pittsburgh.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square Opens." Blog Posting.
SpaceWatchtower 2012 June 25.
Rebuilt Allegheny Square Plaza/Park, in front of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
and the original Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny, opens to the general public.

Schwarz, Marcus. "North Side park near Children's Museum will be dedicated Saturday as a welcoming public space."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2012 June 21.

Loeffler, William. "New Buhl Community Park offers shade, gardens and water."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2012 June 21.

"Party in the Park for the Children's Museum."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2012 June 12.
Party in the Park (annual Children's Museum fundraiser) celebrated the new Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square and the unveiling of the Cloud Arbor sculpture, both rather momentous events for the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

Riely, Kaitlynn. "Active cloud sculpture actually brightens park on North Side."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2012 May 19.

Riely, Kaitlynn. "Children's Museum of Pittsburgh commissions "cloud factory"."
The Pittsburgh Press On-Line 2012 May 18.
The sculpture, which was about halfway done today and will be completed for the park opening June 23, is unique enough to draw people to Pittsburgh, he said.

Crawley, Dave. "‘Cloud Arbor’ Created For Children’s Museum."
KDKA-TV 2 2012 May 18.
Work continues on the new Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square.

Walsh, Glenn. "1 Week: Pittsburgh Subway Extension Open
Precise Times of First Subway Trains."
Blog Posting.
SpaceWatchtower 2012 April 1.
New North Side Subway Station is only three blocks from Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science and Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny and Carnegie Hall, in Allegheny Square.

Smydo, Joe. "North Side park could get new name."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2012 March 6.
Allegheny Public Square on the North Side may be getting a new name.
Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene Harris today introduced legislation that would rename the space "Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square," reflecting the Buhl Foundation's support for the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.
The museum, which is raising more than $6 million to renovate the park, requested the name change.
Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science and Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny and Carnegie Hall sit on Allegheny Square.

Conti, John. "Schenley Plaza gets final touches."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 Nov. 13.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Allegheny Sq Rehab Construction Underway." Electronic Mail-Group Message.
South Hills Backyard Astronomers Mail-Group 2011 Sept. 19.
Rehabilitation has begun for the Allegheny Square Plaza, located in front of Pittsburgh's original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

"Work to begin on Allegheny Public Square."
The Northside Chronicle On-Line 2011 August 4.
The (Children's) Museum said that they have 5 million dollars, with a conditional 1 million dollars, raised towards the 6 million dollar goal to build the park. They are still taking donations and offering dedication benches and trees to donors.

Raftis, Alaina. "Solar Concert Series is a free, fun time outdoors."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 July 19.
Annual, Summer Solar Concert Series in Allegheny Square on the North Side; attendees stand or sit in the Allegheny Square Plaza, while the musicians perform from the landing, between the two sets of steps leading to the original entrance of the Buhl Planetarium building.

Lowry, Patricia. "Tours to explore North Side park."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 July 12.
On Sept. 14, the walk will focus on Allegheny Square, where a renovation of its sunken plaza is planned. Gather at the Anderson Monument on the east side of the Children's Museum.

Nelson Jones, Diana. "Mellon Square gets attention in $8 million update."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 June 14.
Downtown Pittsburgh's Mellon Square is soon to undergo an $8 million restoration to include a terrace that was never implemented from the original design.

Nelson Jones, Diana. "Mellon Square makeover begins."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 June 13.
Downtown Pittsburgh's Mellon Square is soon to undergo an $8 million restoration to include a terrace that was never implemented from the original design.

Loeffler, William. "Market Square regains its historic luster."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 May 29.

Batz, Jr., Bob. "Market Square farmers market opens tomorrow."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 May 11.

Belko, Mark. "City, merchants mark renewed Market Square's first full outdoor season."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 April 8.

Nelson Jones, Diana. "Reader squares accounts of Allegheny plaza." Blog: City Walkabout.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 Jan. 24.
Reader Glenn Walsh corrects timing of deterioration of Allegheny Square Plaza.

Nelson Jones, Diana. "Children's Museum nears goal for new park." Blog: City Walkabout.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2011 Jan. 21.

Nelson Jones, Diana. "Children's Museum has bulk of funds to build park."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 Jan. 21.

Gormly, Kellie B. "Children's Museum to turn unused plaza into green haven."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2011 Jan. 20.

Spatter, Sam. "Former Allegheny Center Mall successful with offices."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Dec. 28.

Smydo, Joe. "Mayor presides over opening of renovated Market Square."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2010 Oct. 26.

Vidonic, Bill. "Market Square's $5 million makeover celebrated."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2010 Oct. 26.

Nelson Jones, Diana. "Remaking Allegheny Center plaza about ready to begin."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010 Sept. 27.
More than $4 million for the $6 million project has been raised, according to the museum's development director, M.J. Meenen. Deputy director Chris Siefert said the project should go to bid before spring and be completed by mid-2012.

Nelson Jones, Diana. "From bad '60s... to no '60s?" Blog.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2010 Sept. 24.
Regarding plans to rehabilitate Allegheny Square Plaza.

Miller, Eric. "Finding Allegheny: No Car Needed." On-Line Magazine.
The New Colonist 2010.

Zlatos, Bill. "North Siders laud Children's Museum plans."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Sept 22.
The museum has raised more than $4 million for the $6 million project (to rebuild Allegheny Square Park). Designed by Andrea "Andie" Cochran of San Francisco, the project will demolish the concrete, fill in the hole and plant 78 trees.

Boren, Jeremy. "Market Square reopens; businesses eager for patrons."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Aug. 25.
"The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority is replacing 100-year-old pipes under those streets, said Patty Burk, an executive with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, a group of businesses that managed the $4.75 million overhaul."

Belko, Mark. "Market Square auto traffic to resume Tuesday."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010 Aug. 20.

Zlatos, Bill. "Children's Museum of Pittsburgh plans meadow-like park with fog sculpture."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 Aug. 16.

Brandolph, Adam. "Fountains, graffiti wall suggested for Mellon Park overhaul."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 June 15.
Rehabilitation of Mellon Park in Shadyside.

Harding, Margaret. "Farmers back in Market Square after construction moved them last year."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 June 4.
"Work on the $5.1 million renovation project — which will transform Market Square into a European piazza — is scheduled to be completed by fall."

Zlatos, Bill. "Face-lift on horizon for disintegrating Mellon Square."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 May 16.
Regarding $11 million restoration planned for Mellon Square, Downtown.

Nelson Jones, Diana. "Board examines Market Square outdoor dining barriers."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2010 May 13.

O'Neill, Brian. "Around Town: Days of shoe repair coming to a close for North Side cobbler." Column.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010 March 30.
"Young Frank started in shoe repair at Boggs & Buhl, the old North Side department store on Federal Street, for 75 cents an hour in the spring of 1952...
"In 1985, the year before Gimbels closed, Mr. Serrao bought this shop, where he'd been working as a an employee a couple of days a week since the (Allegheny Center) mall opened in 1972."

Kyriazi, Nicholas. A&E / ART & ARCHITECTURE, Weekend Feedback -- 01/21/10
"Modern masterpiece in Allegheny Square." Letter-to-the-Editor.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010 Jan. 21.

Belko, Mark. "Market Square face-lift to begin Aug. 1."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2009 June 9.

Blazina, Ed. "$5 million facelift for Market Square."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2009 Feb. 18.

Boren, Jeremy. "Market Square shapes city's 'third renaissance'"
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2009 Feb. 18.

Heyl, Eric. "3rd time a charm for Market Square?" Column.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2009 Feb. 18.

Boren, Jeremy. "Plans for Market Square detailed"
Pittsburgh Trib p.m. 2009 Feb. 17.

Blazina, Ed. "City unveils plans for pedestrian-friendly Market Square."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2009 Feb. 17.

McCoy, Adrian. "Children's Museum still looking to grow."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 June 26.
"Looking ahead to the future, the museum and its neighboring institutions are poised for new growth. The Children's Museum is in the middle of a $22 million capital campaign to raise the funds to create a green park space in the plaza area in front of the museum, extending the kid- and family-friendly environment outdoors and creating an example of how urban spaces can be green by using bioswales -- landscaping elements that use plants to remove pollutants from runoff."

"Public meetings set on Allegheny Center plans."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 April 23.

"Plans for Allegheny Center are subject of forum."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 March 21.

Rosenblum, Charles. "(Not Quite) Buried Treasure, A new vision for Allegheny Center rises to the surface."
Pittsburgh City Paper 2007 Nov. 29.

"North Side design entries go public."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2007 Oct. 23.

Lowry, Patricia. "Children's Museum award launches plaza repairs."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2007 July 20.

Lowry, Patricia. "Places: Schenley Plaza a social success, but not so as park entrance."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2006 Oct. 17.

Altdorfer, John. "A Park for the People."
PopCitymedia.com 2006 Sept. 6.
Regarding the completion of rehabilitation of Schenley Plaza, in the heart of Pittsburgh's Oakland Civic Center.
"...the main goal of the $10-million makeover was to restore the plaza as the grand entrance to Schenley Park."

Lowry, Patricia. "Parking lot to become paradise at Schenley Plaza."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2006 June 4.

Lowry, Patricia. "Schenley Plaza project uproots old trees."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2006 March 25.

Lowry, Patricia. "New Schenley Plaza plan could benefit from earlier schemes."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2003 Oct. 14.

Lowry, Patricia. "$5 million redesign of Schenley Plaza approved."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2003 Oct. 2.

Lowry, Patricia. "Oakland loses parking, gains town square in plaza plan."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2003 Sept. 5.

Lowry, Patricia. "Competition aims to improve city's historic public spaces."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2001 Feb. 22.

Lowry, Patricia. "Places: Architects' study offers ways to repair the damage done to the North Side."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1999 Oct. 23.


Date:

Sat, 21 Jul 2007 12:03:16 -0700 (PDT)

From:

"Glenn A. Walsh"

Subject:

Allegheny Square Ideas

To:

"Joe Wos," Bill Schlageter

CC:

"Darlene M. Harris," "Larry Berger," "Glenn A. Walsh"

Allegheny Square Plaza Rehabilitation Proposals
By Glenn A. Walsh - 2007 July 21

GIANT SUNDIAL SCULPTURE

RESTORATION OF HISTORIC ASTRONOMICAL INSCRIPTION, FROM THE BIBLE,
ORIGINALLY ON BUHL PLANETARIUM'S EAST EXTERIOR WALL

ALLEGHENY SQUARE FOUNTAIN AND AMPHITHEATER

 

To:   Joe Wos, Children's Cartoonist & Storyteller

      Bill Schlageter, Marketing Director,

      Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

From: Glenn A. Walsh

Copy: Darlene Harris, Pittsburgh City Council Member

      Larry Berger, Host, Saturday Light Brigade

      Radio Program

 

It was a pleasure speaking with both of you this

morning at the Allegheny Public Square Charette. I

have a few ideas that I would like considered for any

rehabilitation of the Allegheny Public Square.

 

Since there is no actual web site, yet, to post these

ideas, perhaps you two can see to it that these ideas

are circulated to the architects involved with the

project.

 

1) GIANT SUNDIAL SCULPTURE

 

My first idea combines science, art, and children,

which makes it a perfect fit for Allegheny Square,

located in front of the original Buhl Planetarium and

the Children's Museum.

 

Allegheny Square should include a giant sundial

sculpture, one that is large enough for children to

actually play on. Being a sundial, it should be in the

highest elevation possible, and as far away from the

One Allegheny Square office building as possible, to

ensure that it receives maximum exposure from the

sun during the day--perhaps at the top of the steps

leading into the sunken plaza and directly in front of

the original Buhl Planetarium.

 

Since I was employed with the original Buhl

Planetarium from 1982 to 1991, I find this idea

attractive from a scientific perspective. Such a

sculpture could include the cardinal points of the

compass laid-into the bottom of the sculpture, as the

cardinal points of the compass are at the bottom of

the Foucault Pendulum Pit inside the original Buhl

Planetarium. An explanatory sign could accompany the

sculpture, to explain to children how and why this

sculpture actually tells time. I would be pleased to

write such text.

 

The sculpture would also be large enough for children

to play on it. Of course, this would make it quite

appropriate for a park close to the Children's Museum.

 

Unfortunately, I cannot claim this to be an original

idea. Such a Giant Sundial Sculpture WAS PROPOSED for

another Lower North Side site more than thirty years

ago, but was never built. It was proposed for the site

of a former ornamental fountain in Allegheny

Commons-East Park, at the intersection of East North

Avenue and Cedar Avenue, directly across the street

from Allegheny General Hospital.

 

The Giant Sundial Sculpture was proposed by, and was

to funded by, the United Nations Association of

Pittsburgh, as a Bicentennial gift to the City of

Pittsburgh in 1976. At first the neighborhood was

intrigued by the idea.

 

However, as time went by, old-timers, who no longer

have children, became sentimental about the old

fountain and preferred that the fountain be replaced

instead of a sculpture for children. Of course, there

was no funding to replace the fountain. Today, this

site is simply used as a flower bed.

 

Once the North Side neighborhood rejected the Giant

Sundial Sculpture proposal, there was a rumor that the

United Nations Association of Pittsburgh may consider

installing such a sculpture at the Highland Park Zoo.

However, my understanding is that this did  not happen

and the whole project fell-through.

 

I had always thought that the plaza directly in front

of the Buhl Planetarium would be a perfect location

for a Giant Sundial Sculpture. Indeed, one year for

Buhl Planetarium's annual Summer "Solstice Day" event

on June 21, Jane Werner painted a sundial on the plaza

at the bottom of the steps leading to Buhl's entrance;

the shadows of children standing in the middle of the

painted sundial were used to tell the time.

 

Actually, remnants of the paint from this painted

sundial could be seen all the way until construction

began on the Children's Museum's "Nightlight

Building." With all of the construction activity, the

last vestiges of this painted sundial finally

disappeared for good.

 

As for funding such a Giant Sundial Sculpture, why not

approach the United Nations Association of Pittsburgh?

Since it was their original idea, they may seriously

consider providing the funding to place the sculpture

in the best location for a children's sculpture!

 

2) RESTORATION OF HISTORIC ASTRONOMICAL INSCRIPTION,

FROM THE BIBLE, ORIGINALLY ON BUHL PLANETARIUM'S EAST

EXTERIOR WALL

 

As some of you know, I have been HIGHLY AND VERY

PUBLICLY critical of the current disposition of the

fragments from a historic astronomical inscription,

from the Bible, that had been inscribed on the east

wall of the original Buhl Planetarium, prior to the

installation of a giant window in that location

during the Children's Museum renovation.

 

The text of this historic inscription, from the 19th

Psalm of the Bible, is the following:

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the

firmament sheweth His handywork. Day unto day uttereth

speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge."

 

Here is a photograph of what the historic inscription

looked like, before it was dismantled:

 

< http://buhlplanetarium2.tripod.com/Buhl-InscriptionE.JPG >

 

Currently, the unorganized fragments of this historic

inscription are strewn over the fenced-in portion of

Buhl Planetarium's east lawn, with some of the

unorganized fragments forming borders of flower beds.

I consider this to be a disgrace!

 

The rehabilitation of Allegheny Square would provide

an opportunity to finally restore this historic

inscription and display it to the public in a

dignified manner.

 

As with the final court decision, which permitted the

Ten Commandments plaque to remain on the exterior of

the Allegheny County Courthouse due to its historic

significance, the religious content of the Buhl

Planetarium inscription should not be an impediment to

placing it in a public park.

 

The historic inscription should be accompanied by an

explanatory sign, telling the history of the

inscription and explaining why this particular

Biblical verse was considered appropriate for an

Institute of Popular Science in 1939. As the historian

of the original Buhl Planetarium

 

< http://buhlplanetarium.tripod.com >,

 

I would be pleased to write the text of an explanatory

sign to accompany the restored inscription.

 

3) ALLEGHENY SQUARE FOUNTAIN AND AMPHITHEATER

 

I have fond memories of the Allegheny Square fountain

and amphitheater. These provided a very welcoming

addition to the entrance of Buhl Planetarium in the

1970s and 1980s. In fact, Buhl Planetarium sold

postcards to the public, in our gift shop, showing

Buhl's entrance with the fountain in front:

 

< http://buhlplanetarium.tripod.com/postcards/buhlfountain.jpg >

 

The amphitheater was also quite useful. In addition to

being used for special events, such as the annual

International Children's Festival, during the good

weather months children, visiting Buhl Planetarium

with school groups would often eat their lunch in the

amphitheater.

 

I think the fountain and the amphitheater are worth

saving and could perform similar functions today, as

they did successfully twenty years ago.

 

gaw

 

Glenn A. Walsh

Electronic Mail - < gawalsh@planetarium.cc >

SPACE & SCIENCE NEWS, ASTRONOMICAL CALENDAR:

  < http://buhlplanetarium.tripod.com/#news >

Author of History Web Sites on the Internet --

* Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh:

  < http://buhlplanetarium.tripod.com >

* Adler Planetarium, Chicago:

  < http://adlerplanetarium.tripod.com >

* Astronomer, Educator, Optician John A. Brashear:

  < http://johnbrashear.tripod.com >

* Andrew Carnegie & Carnegie Libraries:

  < http://andrewcarnegie.tripod.com >

* Duquesne Incline cable-car railway, Pittsburgh:

  < http://incline.pghfree.net >

* Public Transit:

  < http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit >


Other Internet Web Sites of Interest

History of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh -
Which Housed the Oldest Operable Major Planetarium Projector in the World !

History of The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago -
America's First Major Planetarium !

History of Astronomer, Educator, and Optician John A. Brashear

History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries

The Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh -
Historic Cable Car Railway Serving Commuters and Tourists since 1877 !

Other History Links


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