Dr. Doreen E. Boyce, President
The Buhl Foundation
Dear Dr. Boyce:
You may not remember me.
I met you several years ago at the
On December 22, I was quite distressed to read, in Christopher Rawson's "On Stage" column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, of The Carnegie's plan to leave The Carnegie Science Center, Allegheny Square Annex building--the original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science. I wrote a letter to The Carnegie President Ellsworth Brown regarding this matter, last month. I am enclosing a copy of the letter, for your information.
I have studied the history of The Buhl Planetarium and
The Buhl Planetarium and
As I understand it, the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, or some other appropriate organization, may become the chief tenant of the original Buhl building. Hence, the building does not appear to be in jeopardy, at this time.
Dr. Doreen E. Boyce
However, I am very concerned about the future of the original Planetarium and Observatory. Although these historic instruments are more than fifty years old, they still perform well. Even if it is not possible to use this equipment, at the present time, I strongly believe that these instruments should be maintained at the original Buhl building.
The existence of this equipment, in the original building, need not hamper the building's use by other tenants. In the case of the Planetarium, the projector can easily be moved below floor level; the theater can then be used for many other types of performances. Hopefully, not in the too-distant future, funding might be secured to utilize the original Planetarium and Observatory for the benefit of the public, perhaps a few times a year.
I am writing you, because I believe you and The Buhl
Foundation may have a special interest in this historic equipment. These instruments are an important part of
the wonderful legacy The Buhl Foundation has left for the people of
I urge you and The Buhl Foundation to use your influence
for the preservation of the original Buhl Planetarium and Observatory, in
usable form in The Buhl Planetarium and
Glenn A. Walsh