Re: [AAAP] Buhl Project - Info Update
Tue, 19 Mar 2002 23:51:06 +0000
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3. Some of the Buhl exhibits that will be retained:
History of Technology Mural
Seaport Light Map from 1939 World's Fair
3.(b) Some of the Buhl exhibits or other assets which will be dismantled,
significantly altered, or demolished:
--Zeiss II Planetarium Projector, now[and only while within the proper-sized
planetarium dome] the oldest operable major planetarium projector in the
world! Carnegie Science Center officials have publicly stated that Buhl's
65-foot diameter planetarium dome will NOT be replicated at The Carnegie
Science Center; the Carnegie Science Center planetarium is housed within a
50-foot diameter dome.
Photos and more info: http://buhlplanetarium3.tripod.com/BuhlZeissII.htm
--Large and rather unique "Worm-Gear" Elevator, custom-built by
Westinghouse, which lifts the Zeiss II projector--Buhl's Zeiss II was the
first planetarium projector in the world to be placed on an elevator!
--World's first permanent theatrical stage in a planetarium!
--65-foot diameter stainless steel planetarium projection dome.
--Other infrastructure of "in-the-round" auditorium, including Control
Console and seating.
Photo of Console: http://buhlplanetarium3.tripod.com/ZeissConsole.JPG
--10-inch Siderostat-type Refractor Telescope - Second largest of its unique
type; dedicated by famous Astronomer Harlow Shapley.
Photos and more info: http://buhlplanetarium2.tripod.com
--Astronomical inscription on east exterior wall: "THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE
GLORY OF GOD..."
--Original glass astronomical transparencies, imbedded in wall of
--Science Laboratory Demonstration Table in Little Science Theater.
--Epideoscope - Antique overhead, microscopic projector; in Little Science
--Oscilloscope - Large, older model used for demonstrations; in Little
--Original 1939 Projection Screen in Little Science Theater.
--Painting of Halley's Comet - In Little Science Theater; donated by late
Willard F. Rockwell, Jr., former Chairman of Rockwell International and
--Little Science Theater - Currently with 250 seats; Little Science Theater
scheduled to become "littler" by 50 percent.
--Wood-Paneled Library and Board Room - On second floor--for many years,
home of 4-inch Brashear Refractor Telescope.
--Large glass and wood-paneled book case - In second floor office area.
--Mini-Planetarium Dome in the Discovery Lab classroom.
--Restrooms with walls composed of Siena Marble from Florence, Italy: public
restrooms on lower level[handicapped-accesible] and office restrooms on
second floor--these restrooms are ALL scheduled to be replaced with
non-marble-walled restrooms on the same exact floors of the building!
Glenn A. Walsh
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Internet, World Wide Web Sites -
History of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science,
< http://www.planetarium.cc >
History of The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago:
< http://adlerplanetarium.tripod.com >
History of Astronomer and Optician John A. Brashear:
< http://johnbrashear.tripod.com >
History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries:
< http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
The Duquesne Incline, historic cable car railway, Pittsburgh:
< http://www.incline.cc >
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