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.
In Gettysburg a preservation battle looms over original home of
September 26, 2008
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
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.
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
July-August 2007, Volume 6, Issue 4, by Maggie Koerth-Baker
in this Top Ten: 1. Nauru (South Pacific), 2. The Dead Sea, 3.
Mexico City, 4. Amish Country, 5. Freetown Christiania, 6. Route
66, 7. The Maldives, 8. The Snows of Kilimanjaro, 9. The Diamer
Region of Pakistan, 10. The Gettysburg Cyclorama
bauzeitung: Zeitschrift fur Architekten und Bauingenieure
Versus Geschichte? February 2008.
"Christine Madrid French Wants to Save the Cyclorama,"
Kim A. O'Connell, November 2007.
over Gettysburg project pits historians, vendors vs. park service,"
Robin Acton, 8 April 2007
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
Cyclorama Center in Gettysburg Faces Demolition." July 2004.
Chris Fordney, "New Birth for Gettysburg." August 2002, 46.
Cyclorama Building: Neutra's Monumental Vision at Gettysburg,"
National Building Museum, Blueprints, by Christine
Madrid French, June 2002, 7-9.
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.]
Charlottesville's News & Arts Weekly,
2000; cover story, "The Saint of Parkitecture: Christine Madrid's
mission to save National Park centers from the wrecking ball."
Architecture. John Beardsley, "Critic at Large: Another
Battle at Gettysburg." September 2000, 128, 125.
The Business of Lobbying. September
6, 2000; "Battle at Gettysburg: Art Lobbyist Drawn Into Park Dispute,"
Cyclorama: No Safe Ground," L.A. Architect, by Christine
Madrid, July/August 2000, 11.
& World Report. Margaret Loftus, "Rescuing the relics of modern
times." 5 June 2000, 56-7.