Friends of the Zeiss Statement Before Board of Directors,
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Good afternoon, I am Glenn A.
Last month we learned three things:
2) The State MAY NOT fund the proposed expansion project of the Children’s Museum.
3) Despite the fact that the Children’s Museum has not raised enough money to complete their proposed expansion project, on Friday evening Friends of the Zeiss learned that the Children’s Museum has completely GUTTED the interiors of BOTH the Planetarium Theater and Astronomical Observatory. The only history remaining is the interior dome and the projector’s Westinghouse “Worm-Gear” Elevator.
Without expansion of the
The entire area, around Three Rivers Stadium, was flooded in June of 1972, due to the remnants of Hurricane Agnes. Despite all of the flood control measures taken in the 1950s as part of Renaissance I, this flood did happen—and similar flooding can happen again!
If flooding completely destroys these artifacts, how do you replace a historic 1939 Zeiss II Planetarium Projector? The answer is that you cannot; this history would be gone forever!
Even if the
And, it is cost-prohibitive for any other organization to construct new facilities to house these historic instruments.
The only viable option, now, is to return the Zeiss II Projector, Siderostat Telescope, and Mercator's Projection World Map to the Buhl Planetarium building. The cost to restore the infrastructure DESTROYED BY THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM is extremely modest compared to the cost of building new facilities for these historic instruments.
The only other alternative is
to allow these historic artifacts to rot in the
We, respectfully, ask that
the Allegheny Regional Asset District request The Carnegie Science Center,
Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and the City of