Structure Type: built works - exhibition buildings

Designers: Neutra, Richard J., Architect (firm); Richard Josef Neutra (architect)

Dates: constructed 1961

1 story

1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325-8737

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This building was a frequent inclusion on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "Most Endangered List," during the 2000s. A preservation group, reCyclorama, noted on its web site: "The Cyclorama Building is slated for demolition under the preferred alternative in the recently approved General Management Plan (GMP) for Gettysburg National Military Park. Architect Richard Neutra (of Neutra and Alexander) designed the structure in 1961 to house the 1883 Cyclorama painting of the Battle of Gettysburg, a circular panorama by Paul Philippoteaux. The building was a showpiece of the "Mission 66" building program, a $1 billion effort to improve visitor facilities nationwide in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the National Park Service in 1966. During Mission 66, the Park Service introduced the "visitor center" as a new building type designed specifically to house an auditorium, interpretive exhibits, bookstores, and staff offices in one centralized structure. The Park Service constructed one hundred new visitor centers between 1956 and 1966; a series of distinct buildings representative of post-World War II prosperity and modern architectural design in the mid twentieth century." This group sought to halt the National Park Service's plan to build a new 120,000-square-foot Visitor's Center and to find funding for the restoration of the 1883 panorama painting. (See "reCyclorama: The Campaign to Save Richard Neutra's Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg,"Accessed 09/12/2011.) By 2011, the painting, depicting Pickett's Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg, had been restored. The fate of the Neutra-designed building, however, had not been decided.

PCAD id: 9331