It's time to say final those goodbyes to the Richard Neutra-designed Gettysburg Cyclorama building, the 1962 work that has been embroiled in a messy preservationist battle for 13 years. Civil War purists—who thought the design a blemish in the otherwise rather untouched landscape of Gettysburg, Pa.—ultimately beat out their 20th-century preservationist brethren, who at one point brought the starchitect's son Dion Neutra into the fray. Unlike the Kronish House, the famous modernist's SoCal home that was recently saved from the wrecking ball, Neutra's Cyclorama is plunked right atop historic, government-owned land, making it impossible for an anonymous, wealthy superhero to step in—just as one did for the recent preservation battle over a Frank Lloyd Wright commission in Phoenix. Prior to 2008, the structure—considered by some to be Neutra's crown jewel—housed the 377-foot-long "Battle of Gettysburg" painting, completed by French artist Paul Philippoteaux in 1883, but the work was ultimately transplanted to a visitors' center. The fight was looking grim in August, and demolition is now scheduled: the Cyclorama's demise is slated for next month.
· Richard Neutra's 1962 Cyclorama Building is Losing the Battle Against Civil War Purists [ArtInfo via Curbed Philly]
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