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Begin Work on Adler Planetarium in Chicago

April 3, 1929
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Work on the construction of the $700,000 planetarium given to Chicago by Max Adler, philanthropist, started today with excavating and pile driving on the island east of the Shedd Aquarium in Grant Park.

The granite structure which will have twelve sides and a copper dome 90 feet in diameter is to be completed about January 1, 1930, it was stated by the South Park Commissioners.

Within the building intricate machinery imported from Jena, Germany, will show the course of the heavenly bodies and it will be possible to demonstrate within a few minutes the progress of stars and planets for many years. Each of the twelve sides of the planetarium will be 40 feet long and will be decorated with one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Across the 600 foot lakoon which separates the island from the mainland, a three span concrete bridge to cost $950,000 is to be built by the South Park Board.

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