Neutra’s Gettysburg Cyclorama Demolished

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Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama under demolition. (Britt Isenberg / Flickr)

Neutra’s Gettysburg Cyclorama under demolition. (Britt Isenberg / Flickr)

It has been clear since earlier this year that Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center in Gettysburg, PA was to meet the wrecking ball, but within the last week, bulldozers have officially destroyed the structure, according to Hanover Evening Sun, ending a more-than-three-year battle over what to do with the mid-century building.

Originally designed to house Paul Philippoteaux’s 377-foot painting of Pickett’s Charge, the rotunda is being torn down in order to restore the land on which it has resided since the 1960’s to it’s historic Civil War state. Bob Kirby, Superintendent of the Gettysburg National Military Park, expects demolition to be completed by late April but major efforts to restore the landmark site will not occur until after July 3rd, the date marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama under demolition. (Britt Isenberg / Flickr)

Neutra’s Gettysburg Cyclorama under demolition. (Britt Isenberg / Flickr)

Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama under demolition. (lcm1863 / Flickr)

Neutra’s Gettysburg Cyclorama under demolition. (lcm1863 / Flickr)

Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama under demolition. (lcm1863 / Flickr)

Neutra’s Gettysburg Cyclorama under demolition. (lcm1863 / Flickr)

Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama under demolition. (lcm1863 / Flickr)

Neutra’s Gettysburg Cyclorama under demolition. (lcm1863 / Flickr)

Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama before demolition. (Leslie Johnston / Flickr)

Neutra’s Gettysburg Cyclorama before demolition. (Leslie Johnston / Flickr)

Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama before demolition. (Jen Goellnitz / Flickr)

Neutra’s Gettysburg Cyclorama before demolition. (Jen Goellnitz / Flickr)

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