Carnegie Campaign in the SF Chronicle

Michael Schiess and Michael Sturtz at the Carnegie in Alameda

The 111-year-old Carnegie Library in Alameda is eerily silent these days, even for a place that was built with quiet study in mind.

Founders of the Pacific Pinball Museum are hoping to change that, recently announcing intentions to turn the empty building into their Smithsonian of pinball, a sprawling museum and restaurant with a speakeasy feel in the basement. Working with the city's blessing, they hope to raise $750,000 in the short term - and at least $3.5 million overall - to revive an architectural gem that has been closed to the public since 1998.

Pacific Pinball Museum founder Michael Schiess wants the space to be a museum first and an arcade second.

"I don't want to overcrowd it," Schiess says. "There's going to be a lot of room to properly display these machines. There will be a lot of room for educational materials. A lot of room for art." See the complete article at URL below.