The Campaign to Save Richard Neutra's
Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg

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Local, regional, and national publications have taken an interest in the future of the Cyclorama Building and the reluctance of the National Park Service to step forward to save this notable structure. A few of the articles published are listed below.

WHYY In Gettysburg a preservation battle looms over original home of cyclorama painting
September 26, 2008

A new visitor's center at Gettysburg National Military Park opens today. For the first time since 2005, the public will be able to view the 1884 restored cyclorama painting of the battle. Meanwhile, the historic home of the painting sits dark and vacant, igniting a battle over preservation. WHYY's Arts and Culture reporter, Alex Schmidt paid a visit to the historically and architecturally significant building and has this story. Audio file.

THE GETTYSBURG CYCLORAMA: SLEEK, SPARE, AND SEXY -that's the look internationally renowned architect Richard Neutra was going for when he unveiled his Cyclorama Center to the public in 1962. Opened just in time for the Civil War Centennial, the Center consisted of a sweeping, light-filled causeway that led to a large, drum-shaped white concrete building meant to house a 360-degree painting of the infamous Gettysburg battlefield.

Today, architects still regard the Cyclorama Center as some of Neutra's best work and a prime example of mid-20th century modernist design. However, the National Park Service appears to have a slightly less- favorable opinion. Nearby, construction is currently underway on a new home for the cyclorama painting - which means tearing down Neutra's masterwork. At present, it's estimated the building will be razed no later than 2009. In the meantime, architecture lovers, historic preservationists, and local Gettysburg business owners have banded together to bring another fight to this already hallowed ground. Step one is mobilizing public support and awareness - accomplished most prominently when the Cyclorama Center was added to the World Monuments Watch list of 100 Most Endangered Sites in 2006. Step two is admittedly a little more confrontational, as it involves the long arm of the law. In December 2006, the Recent Past Preservation Network sued the federal government and alleged that the Park Service hadn't done enough to maintain the building and hadn't properly taken into account the impact the demolition would have on the surrounding environment. What happens next is anyone's guess, but given that the Park Service is standing firm on their plan thus far, it might not be a good idea to wait before you visit. MENTALFLOSS.COM, July-August 2007, Volume 6, Issue 4, by Maggie Koerth-Baker

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deutsche bauzeitung: Zeitschrift fur Architekten und Bauingenieure
Moderne Versus Geschichte? February 2008.
America's Civil War
"Christine Madrid French Wants to Save the Cyclorama,"
Kim A. O'Connell, November 2007.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Battle over Gettysburg project pits historians, vendors vs. park service," Robin Acton, 8 April 2007

Baltimore Sun. "The Past Imperfect: Structures considered landmarks by many are at risk because they're not quite old enough." Timothy B. Wheeler, Sun Reporter, 20 January 2007

Architectural Record. "Neutra's Cyclorama Center in Gettysburg Faces Demolition." July 2004.

Landscape Architecture. Chris Fordney, "New Birth for Gettysburg." August 2002, 46.

"The Cyclorama Building: Neutra's Monumental Vision at Gettysburg," National Building Museum, Blueprints, by Christine Madrid French, June 2002, 7-9.

Architecture. Fred Bernstein. "Mission of Mercy: More than 100 Park Service visitor centers, designed by some of the country's best midcentury architects, are in danger of being torn down. Should they be saved?." July 2001, 46-7. [Photographs: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Visitor Center, Arizona; Gettysburg Cyclorama Building, Pennsylvania; Mesa Verde Far View Visitor Center, Colorado; Dinosaur National Monument Visitor Center, Utah.]

C-Ville: Charlottesville's News & Arts Weekly, November 7-13, 2000; cover story, "The Saint of Parkitecture: Christine Madrid's mission to save National Park centers from the wrecking ball."

Landscape Architecture. John Beardsley, "Critic at Large: Another Battle at Gettysburg." September 2000, 128, 125.

Influence: The Business of Lobbying. September 6, 2000; "Battle at Gettysburg: Art Lobbyist Drawn Into Park Dispute," 6-7.

"Neutra's Cyclorama: No Safe Ground," L.A. Architect, by Christine Madrid, July/August 2000, 11.

U.S. News & World Report. Margaret Loftus, "Rescuing the relics of modern times." 5 June 2000, 56-7.

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