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Pardon Neutras Cyclorama at Gettysburg!

As a concerned preservationist, I am appalled that Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, National Park Service Director Fran Mainella, Secretary of the Department of the Interior Gale Norton and other officials approved the demolition of the 1961 Richard Neutra-designed Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

The Park Service fully intends to destroy the Cyclorama Building without considering re-use or preservation alternatives and despite the protestations of architects, preservation professionals, and noted historians. The demolition is a key component of a controversial and misguided redevelopment plan. Under the approved plan, a private developer would tear down this valuable cultural resource (located within walking distance of the town of Gettysburg) and construct a massive new structure over a mile away, complete with expansive parking lots, on previously undisturbed battlefield land within the Park Service boundaries. This scheme goes against everything the Park Service and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stands for--prevention of urban sprawl, sustainable use of agricultural land, and the preservation of historic structures.

The national significance of the Cyclorama Building is recognized by leading organizations--including the National Register of Historic Places, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the American Institute of Architects Historic Resources Committee. The actions of the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service follow a disturbing pattern of disregard for public input on this controversial matter. It is abundantly clear to me -- and to many other concerned citizens across the country -- that neither the agency nor the department can objectively review the historical and cultural significance of the Cyclorama Building as long as it stands in the way of long-settled redevelopment plans at Gettysburg.

A renewed effort to save the building is underway, led by the Recent Past Preservation Network (www.recentpast.org) in cooperation with the Neutra Institute of Survival Through Design, DOCOMOMO U.S., and other allied organizations. I join this coalition of preservationists in urging you to immediately grant a demolition pardon to Richard Neutras Cyclorama at Gettysburg and provide funds for its restoration.

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  • 28 February 2016250. Dale Rcaldwellindustriald
    As an enlightened society, we must preserve outstanding work by outstanding people. Richard Neutra's work is as significant as is F.L.W.'s. City and State Skokie,Illinois 60076
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  • 13 January 2016245. George Hm
    Please find an alternative solution. Preserve, Don't Destroy! City and State Plano, Texas
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  • 13 December 2015241. Dion Neutraprojecta
    PS: Heres an idea: Let us design a diorama in the Cyclorama Theater space [once the painting is moved]. With proper lighting and music you could recreate a circulrama scene of the battlefield like it REALLY looked in 1863! Then after viewing that, the vis
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  • 27 July 2015232. Carole Boyajiancidasidn
    How can this be happening and at the same time, why be surprised? This is such a reflection of our sorry values as a society and so very very disheartening. Such a pity to have this tone of aggressive and arrogant-seeming momentum to destroy such an histo
  • 15 July 2015231. Alastair H
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  • 06 July 2015230. Theresa Wardt
    Save the Cyclorama! Gettysburg is a special place that inspires reflection on our country's past. Neutra's building is serene and does not detract from understanding the essence of Gettysburg. City and State Wilkes-Barre, PA
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    Preserve this landmark! City and State Loudon, NH
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