Friends of the Zeiss Public Statement For
Telephone: 412-561-7876 By Glenn A. Walsh:
Electronic Mail: < email@example.com > Future Status of Historic
Internet Web Site: < http://www.planetarium.cc > Buhl Artifacts in Question
2007 October 29
evening, I am Glenn A. Walsh of
Last month, Port Authority Transit (PAT) agreed to purchase and demolish The Carnegie Science Center warehouse, for construction of a new rapid transit station.
in this building are stored a number of historic artifacts from the original
Buhl Planetarium and
Zeiss II Planetarium Projector, which, prior to dismantling in 2002, was the oldest operable major planetarium projector in the world !!!
these artifacts were to be displayed or used in an expansion of The Carnegie
Science Center. In fact,
Zeiss Projector would be displayed by the end of 2005. Following cancellation of the original expansion project, they said the Zeiss Projector would
displayed by the end of 2006. Neither deadline has been met, with very little
In an October 8 response to my letter of concern regarding the impending warehouse demolition, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh President David Hillenbrand
said that “delay and changes in our expansion project” resulted in no action to display the artifacts. However, he also stated that the artifacts would be moved
to another storage facility, “until such time as we determine their ultimate disposition.”
Those last few words are very troubling. The “ultimate disposition” of the artifacts was spelled-out in the Memoranda of Understanding with the City as display
City has given the
to the original Buhl Planetarium building, the only place where they could actually be used to teach science, and teach science to children visiting the Children’s
If they are neither displayed in the
ask that you use your influence to insure that these important
the new building expansion planned by the
reasonable alternatives; indefinite warehouse storage is completely unacceptable!