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My Visit to Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama at Gettysburg

September 2007

While working with the US National Park Service on another project, I became aware in 2007 of the imminent demise of Richard Neutra’s 1961 Lincoln Memorial at Gettysburg.  Commissioned by the US National Park Service as a living memorial to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Cyclorama had long served as a park visitor center and stage for a monumental diorama depicting the pivotal battle of the Civil War. Opened just in time for the Civil War Centennial, the Center consisted of a sweeping, light-filled causeway that led to a large, drum-shaped white concrete building meant to house the 360-degree painting of the infamous Gettysburg battlefield. More…