Photos at a Demolition: The Gettysburg Cyclorama

It was past vs. past: the 20th-century history of modernist architecture vs. the 19th-century history of the civil war. Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra designed a building for Gettysburg National Military Park 51 years ago, at the Park Service’s behest, to house a painting in the round by Paul Philippoteaux. But as early as 1997, the Park Service started making noises about demolishing the building, known by most as the Gettysburg Cyclorama, and in 2008, moved Philippoteaux’s painting, which cleared the way for a demolition. A fight ensued in court, but the building had no historic preservation status, and it sat right on Cemetery Ridge.

Neutra, a modernist master, has gone through this before with other properties, despite the consistent intervention of his son, architect Dion Neutra, who continues to try to safeguard his father’s legacy. Dion even petitioned the president in this case for a pardon, saying if a turkey could get a pardon, why not a classic building?

Gallery photos by Laura Kicey.

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  • Austin

    Yeah Henry had less net yards than McBriar, but he wound up pinning the other team in behind their 20 yard line more than McBriar. Speaking of which, McBriar did not show the ability to pin the other team while Henry did. He is also not as good a holder as Henry. Makes sense why Henry won the job.

    • ICDogg

      I think it was close. McBriar may have a stronger leg, but it’s not a big difference. Henry is younger, slightly less expensive, and a better holder.

  • Frank

    Saw this coming as soon as Henery missed that field goal in the Browns game with McBriar holding…

  • Gobirds

    I don’t get the holder thing. Can’t the second or third string QB do that? That always made more sense anyway.

    • ICDogg

      If it would have been that much of a punting advantage for McBriar, I’m sure they would have considered that.

      • Gobirds

        You forget the legacy of joe nickels banner lives on. 500 k vs. a cool million for Mr macbriar.