ARAD Testimony Regarding Buhl Planetarium: Al Paris

Transcript of Written Testimony Before the
Board of Directors of the
Allegheny Regional Asset District
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Regular Meeting of the District Board of Directors
Monday, August 27, 2001, 5:30 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room, United Way Building
One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-2221

Author: Alan M. Paris


Allegheny Regional Asset District,



I will not be in Pittsburgh this week to attend the meeting, however, there are several things that should be said.

It is unthinkable that Buhl has not been declared a historic landmark. I will leave the specifics out for brevity, but Buhl is not simply a building to be taken over to increase space. It is part of Pittsburgh's history.

If I understand the current plan, which would include the parceling off of the Zeiss and Siderostat, it should not be permitted to go through in any form. Those pieces of equipment should be available for public use/viewing at Buhl. I have seen that Mr. Walsh has offered his time to volunteer to show those exhibits, and I am sure that a number of others would do the same. I recently moved to Baltimore, however, I feel strongly enough about the subject to commit to coming back to Pittsburgh to volunteer my services several times per year as well. I am sure that you will find others that are equally willing.

Timm Barczy and Glenn Walsh have both done a commendable amount of work in this matter. They both know my views on the subject; I will not waste time rehashing points that have been made repeatedly. They both have my support in this endeavor.

Alan M. Paris

Senior Materials Engineer

Black & Decker

Baltimore, MD