Old news to most following the architectural world, but Richard Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama is set to be demolished. These photos were taken on January 28th, 2013. Demolish is set to begin this February.
It's a same old story, a once highly praised modern building now deemed to be unfit for the present. Too young too be fully appreciated, too old to be cool and new. These once modern marvels are in their adolescence, not all of them will survive.
Architectural Digest has a nice round up of the situation. The cyclorama is now deemed to be a scar on the battlefield, a disruption to the memorial of Gettysburg. A new visitor's center has already been built, it resembles a 19th century barn. Of course it does. It has at least 100 gutters. Hooray!
Donna Sink might have put it best, "I've said this elsewhere but I want to say it here too: Detractors claim that this building is insensitive because it was built on the actual battlefield where soldiers died. I can't disagree completely with that sentiment...How can destroying what is truly a unique piece of art while allowing KFC to be visible from the battleground furthering our appreciation of the tragedy of this battle?".
No one ever complains about those who never try.