Pittsburgh, Feb. 28 – The
proposed designation of Pittsburgh’s
original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular
Science, as a City-Designated
Historic Structure, will be considered during a public hearing before the
Historic Review Commission of Pittsburgh on Wednesday Afternoon, March 2, 2005 at All residents of the City of
vicinity, are welcome and encouraged to attend and testify regarding this
proposed historic designation. Citizens do not have to pre-register to testify
at this public hearing.
public hearing will be held in the first floor hearing room of the JohnP.RobinCivicBuilding, 200
Ross Street (corner of Ross
Street and Second
Avenue) in Downtown Pittsburgh.
This historic designation is proposed by Friends of the Zeiss, a non-profit
organization working to preserve the original Buhl Planetarium, and the
functionality of its historic equipment and artifacts, for the benefit of the
residents of Western Pennsylvania.
this public hearing, at the April meeting, the Historic Review Commission will
vote whether to recommend, to Pittsburgh City Council, the historic designation
of Buhl Planetarium. Later this year, Pittsburgh City Council will make the
final determination on the proposal, following their own public hearing.
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular
Science operated as Pittsburgh’s
main planetarium and science museum from 1939 to 1991, and as a tutorial center
science and computer classes until 1994. The building is currently being used
as part of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Prior to its dismantling in October of 2002, Buhl Planetarium’s original Zeiss
II Planetarium Projector was the oldest
operable major planetarium projector in the world!
A Preliminary Determination Hearing on the nomination
occurred on February 2. Five area residents testified, at that time, before the
Historic Review Commission, all in favor of the nomination; this included the
Project Director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the current tenant of the Buhl
Planetarium building. Following the February 2 hearing, the Historic Review
Commission, by a unanimous vote, approved preliminary approval of the
nomination, pending the March 2 hearing.
historic designation nomination application is available for public inspection,
in its entirety, at the following Internet link: