Light pollution eventually forced this historic observatory in Ohio to close.

The Warner & Swasey Observatory, constructed by Worchester Warner and Ambrose Swasey of Warner & Swasey as a gift for Case Western Reserve University, closed in 1982. The building eventually fell to foreclosure and sold to a couple who began rehabilitating the building before one of the pair was convicted of mortgage fraud.

What would Mr. Warner and Mr. Swasey think of today’s treatment of their historic structure – a building that, for decades, helped astronomers discover what Buzz Aldrin called the “magnificent desolation” and furthered the case of science over speculation?

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