Cyclorama Visitor Center
How can we innovatively reuse a significant mid-century building while respecting the sacred ground it stands upon?
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania | Recent Past Preservation Network | A Mission 66 Visitors Center (1961)
Architect Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center, one of his most prized buildings, was located on the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Its future was in doubt and debated nationally for decades. Typically, preservation focuses narrowly on retaining a building as is or with minimal intervention, but there are degrees of preservation yet to be explored that lie between maintaining the original condition and demolition. We have devised the groundwork for a more nuanced form of preservation that addresses today’s societal needs while respecting our cultural heritage. Often, new pieces are added to old buildings, but why not invert the formula?