Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Major Buhl Planetarium Artifacts Unaffected by flood


Three major historic artifacts of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science were unaffected by the major flood of September 17 and 18, according to a September 24 letter from The Carnegie Science Center to Pittsburgh General Services Director Dale Perrett. However, the letter did not indicate the condition of other City-owned Buhl Planetarium artifacts, which were moved to The Carnegie Science Center in 1991 or 1994.

Among the other artifacts are eleven paintings including "The Old Astronomer" by Pennsylvania artist and architect Daniel Owen Stephens, which has been published in Astronomy textbooks and in a 1961 filmstrip for schools called The Race for Space, and portraits of Astronomer Nicholas Copernicus (commissioned by the Polish Arts League of Pittsburgh) and Henry Buhl, Jr. and his wife Louise.

  • Entire news release

  • List of city-owned Buhl Planetarium artifacts stored at the Carnegie Science Center

  • Letter to CITY COUNCILMAN Peduto
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