Friends of the Zeiss Statement of
Telephone: 412-561-7876 Allegheny Regional
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Internet Web Site: < http://www.friendsofthezeiss.org > 2004 November 29
Good evening, I am Glenn A. Walsh of
The expanded Children’s
This may not be the case for some day returning the 10-inch Siderostat-type Refractor Telescope to Buhl’s original Astronomical Observatory. When in operation, the world’s second largest Siderostat Telescope allowed families to view planets and stars from a heated Observing Room, while the telescope and mirror remained in the unheated Telescope Room.
This month the State has given the Children’s Museum another $1 million. Part of this money will be used for an endowment and for renovation of classroom space. However, some of the tax money will be used for a non-educational purpose—conversion of the Telescope Room of the Buhl Observatory into a fancy Board Room for the Children’s Museum Board of Directors!
On the second floor of Buhl Planetarium is a beautiful wood-paneled Library and Board Room built in 1939 and completely funded by the Buhl Foundation—no tax dollars were used. However, this is not good enough for the Children’s Museum. Their Board of Directors has to build their own fancy Board Room, using State taxpayer dollars !!!
To prevent disruption of the telescopic image, the Telescope Room was specifically built without heat or air-conditioning; extra money will have to be spent to add heat and air-conditioning to this proposed new Board Room! If they believe the existing Library/Board Room is not large enough for their Board of Directors, it could be enlarged, which would cost less money than converting the Observatory into a Board Room.
Last year, The
So, any expansion of The
With the conversion of the Buhl Observatory into a Board
Room, it is possible, perhaps even likely, that the costs of some day returning
the Siderostat Telescope to Buhl, or even building a new Siderostat
observatory, will be higher than anyone will want to pay, due to the unique
facility needed to house a Siderostat Telescope. Then, the Siderostat Telescope
would remain dismantled forever, no longer benefiting the citizens of
We, respectfully, request that you contact the Children’s Museum Board and ask that they reconsider conversion of the Buhl Observatory into a Board Room.
Attachments: News Article: “Children's Museum receives another $1 million in state funds,”
November 26 Letter to Board of Directors, Children’s