Visit Original Buhl Planetarium & Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny Buildings FREE throughout 2023 August ! 2023 July 11.
If you would like to visit the original Buhl Planetarium and Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny, buildings, FOR FREE --- The Allegheny Regional Asset District (a.k.a. RAD) has just
announced that all visits to the Children's Museum (including MuseumLab, in the original Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny, America's first publicly-funded Carnegie Library), Heinz History Center, and Andy Warhol Museum will be FREE-OF-CHARGE throughout the entire month of August !!!
This is in celebration for all three museums winning honors in USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards.
* Children's Museum: 2nd best in Children's Museums
* Heinz History Center: 2nd best in History Museums
* Andy Warhol Museum: 4th best in Art Museums
Pittsburgh was the only city to see three different museums honored in the top five!
Although vists are free, reservations are recommended, but not required.
Walsh, Glenn A.
"Carnegie Library Bldg. May Be Reused by Children's Museum." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2013 Sept. 3.
The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, which started in 1983 in the basement of the Old Allegheny Post Office, later occupied the entire post office building, and expanded into the original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 2004, is now considering the possibility of offering programming in the building that formerly held the Allegheny Regional Branch of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (the first publicly-funded Carnegie Library in America), in historic Allegheny Square on the Lower North Side of Pittsburgh.
* 2007 Dec. 2 - NEW WEB SITE:
Website for and by patrons of the
Allegheny Regional Branch
of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
To restore library service in America's first
publicly funded Carnegie Library !!!
Historic Carnegie Library Clock Tower
Struck by Lightning 2006 April 7 !
Historical Significance of the
Allegheny Regional Branch of
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
(Originally the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny)
Historical Significance of the
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Steve. I offer my sincere sympathies to Tony and the other family members. Steve will be missed.
I met Steve in the 1980s when I was employed as Astronomical Observatory Coordinator and Planetarium Lecturer, next-door, at the original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science / Buhl Science Center, America's 5th major planetarium and Pittsburgh's science and technology museum from 1939 to 1991.
Steve loved the North Side of Pittsburgh and was very interested in the history of the North Side and the Allegheny Regional Branch Library. One day, he took me to a little-used upper floor to show me the original books from the early (1850s) Allegheny City library that had been established by Col. James Anderson, who inspired Andrew Carnegie to donate libraries to the world.
Due to Steve's great interest in history, he worked to maintain historic collections. He strongly opposed discarding historic library materials. Regrettably, this position did not make him popular with his superiors, who were more interested in down-sizing the collection; he referred to his superiors as "management librarians".
In the 1990s, I also joined the library business by becoming a Life Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in the Pittsburgh suburb of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, the fourth of only five libraries that was both built and endowed by Andrew Carnegie. I became the Library Historian, and later an Andrew Carnegie Historian. For more than 20 years, I have maintained an Internet web-site on the History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries at
Link >>> http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc/
I have placed an Internet link to the Stephen D. Pietzak Obituary on the history page for the Allegheny Regional Branch of Carnegie Library at
Link >>> https://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/photoalbumAlleghenyReg.htm#pietzak
Glenn A. Walsh
April 30, 2023
With construction of the Library, Andrew Carnegie also constructed the world's first Carnegie Hall (built one year before the public opening of Carnegie Hall in New York City), adjoining the Library building just east of the Library section of the building (located at 6 Allegheny Square). Carnegie Hall was completely renovated in the 1970s and the interior performance space was dedicated as the Theodore Hazlett Theatre on 1980 December 15. From 1974-1999 it was the home of the Pittsburgh Public Theater; after twenty-four years, on 1999 December 11, the Pittsburgh Public Theater began a new era of performances (with the world premiere of August Wilson's "King Hedley II") in the O'Reilly Theater (named for the former Chief Executive Officer of the Heinz Corporation), on Penn Avenue, across from Heinz Hall, in the Downtown Cultural District. After a year-long, $2 million rehabilitation, the performance space inside Carnegie Hall was re-dedicated, during the weekend of 2006 September 15, 16, and 17, as the New Hazlett Theater, to be used by several small and mid-size community, performing arts groups.
Photo 5 (1)***Photo 6 (1) ***Photo 7 (1)
Photographs of the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny from 1937
Library Plaques (2023 May) ---
Entrance Historic Plaques: Image 1 (5) *** Image 2 (5)
Carnegie Hall / New Hazlett Theater Plaques: Image 1 (5) *** Image 2 (5) (Historic Plaque with New Hazlett Theater sign in background)
Photographs 1 through 9 show views of the
Memorial to honor
Anderson, officially titled "Labor," which Andrew Carnegie had
close to the Carnegie Free
Library of Allegheny(now the Allegheny Regional Branch of The Carnegie
Library of Pittsburgh), at the corner of Federal and East Ohio Streets in
This Memorial was dismantled in the 1960s, to
allow for the conversion of Federal Street and East Ohio Street to
pedestrian malls as part of the Allegheny Center urban renew al project. A
community effort led to the reconstruction of this
Memorial across the Federal Street pedestrian mall from the Allegheny
Regional Branch, next to The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular
Science; the memorial was rededicated 1988 May 15.
The Colonel James Anderson Memorial, "Labor", consists of a bust of Col. Anderson at the top of the Memorial, "The Reading Blacksmith" or simply "The Reader", and a plaque where Andrew Carnegie honored Col. Anderson.
Photographs of the Colonel James Anderson Memorial
in its original location at the corner of Federal and East Ohio Streets, in 1937
Information and photographs regarding 2007 vandalism of the Col. James Anderson Memorial.
"Steelers' Rooney remembered fondly by his beloved North Side."
TribLive.com: Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2017 April 14.
Pittsburgh Steelers' Chairman Dan Rooney died on 2017 April 13 at age 84.
Rooney was so proud of his neighborhood that, earlier this decade, he co-authored a book with local historian Carol
Peterson titled, “Allegheny City: A History of Pittsburgh's North Side.” Rooney was deeply involved in efforts to
preserve the North Side's history, neighbors said.
After Glenn A. Walsh notified Carnegie Library (by electronic mail on 2007 March 6) that the explanatory plate of the
Colonel James Anderson Memorial (gifted by Andrew Carnegie in 1904) was missing, later on Dan Rooney paid to
replace this explanatory plate. In 1988, this memorial had been reassembled and rededicated across from the
entrance to the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny, on the east lawn of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and
Institute of Popular Science.
Image 6 (4) ***Image 7 (4)
The author (Glenn A. Walsh) notified Carnegie Library (by electronic mail on 2007 March 6) that the explanatory plate was missing. During the ground-breaking for the new Hill District Branch of Carnegie Library, on 2007 April 19, the author (Glenn A. Walsh) also specifically alerted about this vandalism (specifically, the missing explanatory plaque) to the long-time female member of The Carnegie Library Board of Trustees, who had spear-headed restoration of the Anderson Memorial next to Buhl Planetarium (across the walkway from the entrance to the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny) in 1988.
Apparently, the missing plaque and handle were the result of thefts to sell the plaque and handle for the value of their metallic content. It is similar to the problem today when catalytic converters (an emission control device on automobiles) are being stolen for the value of their metallic content.
From 1972 to 1988, the bust of Col. James Anderson and the statue "The Reader" had been located on the first floor of the renovated Allegheny Regional Branch of Carnegie Library, under the bottom of the spiral staircase, which connected to the second and third floors of the building. In 1988, this memorial had been reassembled and rededicated across from the entrance to the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny, on the east lawn of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (then known as Buhl Science Center).
Later on, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, a proud native of Pittsburgh's North Side, donated the funds to replace the explanatory plate on the Anderson Memorial. There was no way to replicate the original plaque, so a more modern plaque was installed.
Photographs of the original plaque and mallet handle (1998 October): Photo 1 (1) *** Photo 2 (1)
Photographs of the new plaque and the mallet without the handle (2023 May): Photo 1 (5) *** Photo 2 (5) *** Photo 3 (5) *** Photo 4 (5) *** Photo 5 (5)
Allegheny Regional Branch Library Web Site
Web Site of the Allegheny
Preserving, promoting, and interpreting the history of Allegheny City and Pittsburgh's North Side
* Historic Carnegie Library Clock Tower Struck by Lightning 2006 April 7 !
Andrew Carnegie Free Library History Cover Page.
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Library Legally Established 100 Years Ago by Andrew Carnegie.
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