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October 1 last day for public comments regarding future of Neutra’s Cyclorama at Gettysburg

September 22, 2010

Continuing its effort to save Richard Neutra’s 1961 Cyclorama building at Gettysburg, the Recent Past Preservation Network (RPPN) has issued a call for written comments in support of the building’s protection to be submitted to the National Park Service (NPS), which is currently in the public comment phase of its court-ordered environmental assessment. October 1 is the last day comments will be accepted. Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled that the NPS did not follow procedure on the matter concerning the Cyclorama and that it must reconsider its 1999 decision to raze the building. The Cyclorama was built in 1961 to house a massive circular painting depicting the famous 1863 battle, which has since been restored and moved to a new visitors center. In 2006 the World Monuments Fund added the Cyclorama to its “List of 100 Most Endangered Sites” and the RPPN filed its suit in U.S. District Court to prevent the demolition. The group, along with local community friends of the Cyclorama, advocate that the building be relocated instead.

NPS Cyclorama environmental assessment page:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=32782
Submit a comment:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=239&projectID=32782&documentID=36171
RPPN Cyclorama advocacy webpage:
http://www.mission66.com/cyclorama/index.html

Courtesy Library of Congress