The Plans for the Observatory at the Helix House
We have created
-- an observatory
-- a meeting and lecture hall
-- a teaching facility
-- a workshop
-- a library
In 1994 the Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation District made possible the use of the Helix House as an astronomical observatory for the BPAA.
This very strong structure, 38 ft. x 26 ft. and 35 ft high, now is a first-class facility.
So, let's walk through the plans -- as seen in the drawings on this page.
|The Ground Floor|
| The wide entrance opens onto a Foyer with a small Administrative Office to the left. Straight ahead is the floor to roof Workroom. In the corner of this room is the 4 feet square floor-to-roof steel reinforced pillar to support the large main telescope on the roof. |
The door to the right of the foyer leads to the large Meeting Room -- large enough to accomodate 40 or so people for lectures.
In the corner of the meeting room is the helical stairs leading up to the large Meeting Room -- large enough to accomodate a portable planetarium and 40 or so people for lectures.
| The Communications & Control Center will include the computer hub, visual aids and machines, mechanical and electronic equipment for viewing and observing images. Images can be received and transmitted worldwide. |
The storeroom is directly over the workshop, and is connected by a traditional staircase.
The helical staircase continues to the roof and the telescope platform.
These plans by architect John H. Rudolph are innovative, functional and affordable to allow BPAA a first-class observatory. It is one of a kind in the Northwest.
Generous contributions for construction, both financial and in-kind, have made and continue to make possible this dream on Bainbridge Island -- an educational facility for young and old.