RMSC – pt 2: the Strasenburgh Planetarium

# 7421

# 7421

The Strasenburgh Planetarium is a part of the Rochester Museum and Science Center and is located directly east of the main building.  It was dedicated in 1968 and it still is a beautiful piece of modern architecture.

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17 thoughts on “RMSC – pt 2: the Strasenburgh Planetarium

    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, PC. That shot is from the back of the planetarium but it shows that a lot of attention has been taken to make this building attractive from all angles.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Andy. I really like it, too. It was designed and make by Francesco Somaini, of Lake Como, Italy of bronze and was placed in 1970. It has aged very well.

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  1. ehpem

    Very nice. There is a similar vintage planetarium in Vancouver – does not look at all like this, other than it is very modern and has also aged pretty well – still an interesting building like this one. That sculpture is a bit creepy – like an alien of some kind or something.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, ehpem. I think this building is wearing it’s age very well and the Museum keeps in it pretty good shape. The only thing I don’t like is the advertising banner on the front.

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      1. ehpem

        Nothing like a garish banner to stymie the best laid plans of architects. At least it is temporary and not like someone bolted a billboard onto the concrete.

  2. Charles Ford

    Our local city officials have spent tax payer money on some really “iffy” sculptures over the years…but I have to say I really like the one at your planetarium. It has kind of a 1950’s rocket ship vibe with a twist. I really like these photos where the sculpture is prominent.

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    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Charles. This sculpture was not paid for in tax dollars but in donations from patron. Of course, those donations are tax deductible, but that’s more incentive to support these non-profit organizations like this.

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