February 15, 2001
I have just been informed that Buhl Planetarium has been closed to the public with no plans to open as a science center. I am saddened and disappointed by this news. Buhl has always been a special place for my family and me. Many of the artifacts in the Planetarium cannot be found anywhere in the world. The Zeiss Star Projector is just one of the many fascinating features that make Buhl a "one of a kind" science center.
Pittsburgh has Carnegie, Frick, and many other famous people who have helped shape our city. Without their assistance our landscapes would not have the beautiful parks, music centers and libraries. Buhl Planetarium should have the same respect. It is a Pittsburgh treasure that should remain open so that other generations can enjoy the unique learning experience that only this institute can offer. Please keep BuhI open and operating.
Dr. Joseph M. and Family
I AM FOR SAVEING THE BUHL BUILDING AS A PLACE OF LEARNING. IT'S PART OF PGH. HISTORY. AND SHOULD BE SAVED AS A LEARNING CENTER. IT WAS OPEN TO MANY CLUBS. FISH, ROCKS, HAM RADIO, AND STAR CLUBS. IT SHOULD BE REOPENED FOR YOUTH OF THE PGH. NEIGHBORHOODS AS A PLACE OF LEARNING.
EVANS CITY PA.
From: Colleen A.
August 9, 2000
To: Whom it May Concern,
It has come to my attention that the Buhi Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science located at One Allegheny Square in the city of Pittsburgh, has been closed to the public. I'm also under the impression that there are no plans in progress to re-open the facility, now or ever.
I feel that the Buhl Planetarium is an asset to the city of Pittsburgh. I think this is a wonderiul place for our children to go and learn through their experience there. I remember a field trip in third grade there, it's a fond memory.
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science must be open to the public. The Buhl Planetarium and its contents are of regional and national historical significance. This institution contains artifacts and equiment that are rare to find. There are exhibits that exist only in Pittsburgh.. This historical and scientific legacy must remain.
Due to the unique nature of the facility, It is my opinion that the Buhl can continue as an institution of scientific discovery without directly competing with the science center. There are similar situations in Columbus, Ohio and London, England.
Please consider this letter a vote for keeping the Buhl Planetarium open to the public and a part of Pittsburgh's historical society.
To who it may concern,
Since the closing of Buhi Science Center at One Allegheny Center, I have hoped that the facility and its equipment could he put to some valuable use. It has become apparent with the passing of time that the city of Pittsburgh has no plans to effectively utilize this building and its equipment.
I am saddened and troubled by this news. The Zeiss Projector (as of 1991) was the only operable one of it's kind in the world. In addition to showing us the stars, the Zeiss was an impressive and historic piece of machinery that needs to he preserved and displayed.
The building itself has other areas of interest including the mural on the West wall of the main hall. This building should he declared a historic landmark and should not he significantly altered! I have visited Buhl in many hats, as a patron, a volunteer, and a staff member. Buhl is a part of Pittsburgh, a part of the North Side and a part of our history. It was and is more than a Science Center; it is a museum of science, a historic piece of Pittsburgh. This building needs to he utilized, maintained and available to the people of Pittsburgh.
I do not view Buhl as a competitor to the Carnegie Science Center; it is simply another part of Pittsburgh like the Carnegie Museum and the Heinz Center in the Strip District.
Please consider this letter as a strong vote for keeping the BuhI Planetarium open to the public in it's intended form as an educational and historic feature of Pittsburgh.
March 1, 2001
Mrs. Julia B.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
It has been just recently brought to my attention that BUHL planetarium will not be re-opened for Public use. This is very disturbing to me that such a historical building will go the way of so many others. I, My child- ren and Grandchildren have spent many informative hours there. I hope that these plans will be re-considered.
Please consider this letter a vote for keeping The BUHL open as a SCIENCE MUSEUM.
Dear Sir or Madam:
The urgent need to write you regarding the Life of the BuhI Science Center has been brought to my attention.
I would like to clearly and deeply express the need as well as the value of preserving the Buhl Science Center as an artifact of Pittsburgh's rich history. I believe it is the goal of society to progress as well as preserve its valuable resources to share with future generations. On that note, it appears we have an optimum situation in developing the new Carnegie Science Center while maintaining the BuhI for its functional and nostalgic purposes as well. We have seen the recent demise of Three Rivers Stadium along with the dissolution of our famed Syria Mosque a few years ago. Both of which have brought great pain to the city and an inexplicable sense of loss akin to death. I see no reason to add to that pain by burying alive the still vibrant BuhI Science Center. The Buhl represents invaluable memories for many and carries in its belly the same opportunity for nostalgia and knowledge to many more in the future
Please save the Buhl for Pittsburgh's sake. It can never return if you decide it is gone.
Thank you for your true consideration on this important issue of civil value.
February 28, 2001
Mr. Timm Barczy
SAVE THE BUHL
Congratulations and all the best to you in your endeavors to bring a space & technology museum to Pittsburgh. It's exciting to think that Pittsburgh could have a long-overdue museum while making good use of a wonderful and historic building-The Buhl!
I've often thought how a "gold mine" sits vacant in the North Side. What a wonderful building in such a good location. Working for The Buhi and then The Carnegie Science Center, I never understood how our city puts so much time, money and energy into sports, while leaving educational opportunities lagging far behind.
The need for exposure for children and adults alike on the Space Program--it's beginnings, its mission, its adventures, its future and its importance for the American people and the world as well as the career opportunities it provides is so long overdue.
It would be tragic not to make the best use of this building, complimenting its design and functions. The Zeiss Model II Projector is something no one else has. Not only does Pittsburgh have it, but the last I knew, it still works!!!! Now that's exciting!
There are endless possibilities for money-making and fundraising around the projector itself. With that in mind; financial support for a well needed space program could be enhanced.
Pittsburgh has a beautiful Science & Technology Center, a wonderful Art & Natural History Museum, a great Zoo and a fantastic Children's Museum.. what's missing to complete this picture... .The Pittsburgh Space & Technology Museum!
If more people were thinking of how to enhance education in a fun and entertaining way, we could look forward to a better life for our children--a better future for all!
Again, congratulations and THANK YOU for stepping out to make Pittsburgh a better place to live!
Bethel Park, PA
To whom it may concem,
It has come to my attention that the Buhi Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science located at One Allegheny Square in the city of Pittsburgh1 has been closed to the public. It is also my understanding that the city has no immediate plans to reopen the facility, now or in the future.
I was saddened by this news. The BuhI Planetanum holds a number of great memories for me. Seeing the planets through the telescope on the roof was very exciting, and who can forget the Zeiss Projector rising from the floor at the start of the sky shows. It bothers me to think that those experiences may be gone forever.
The Buhl Planetarium and lnstitute of Popular Science must be open to the public. The Buhl Planetarium and its contents are of regional and national historical significance. This facility contains artifacts and equipment that are unequaled anywhere in the world. The Zeiss Star Projector and its mounting configuration exists nowhere else but In Pittsburgh. This historical and scientific legacy created by its staff and contents must be perpetuated.
Due to the unique nature of the facility. I believe that the Buhl can continue as an institution of scientific discovery without directly competing with the city's current science center. The same situation successfully exists in Columbus, Ohio and London, England.
Please consider this letter as a vote for keeping The Buhl Planetarium open to the public as a science museum and a part of Pittsburgh's history and scientific tradition.
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