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The Cyclorama in ReposePreservation as RetentionPreservation in PiecesPreservation as InformantPreservation as InformantPreservation as AdditionPreservation as AdditionPreservation as Remant

Saving the Cyclorama

Slideshow by Matt Chaban

Jason Hart, co-founder of the Boston-based CUBE design + research, insists there are many ways to save Neutra's building, and buildings in general.

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The Cyclorama in Repose

Richard Neutra's Cyclorama, one of his most prized buildings, is located on the battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Its future is in doubt, as the National Park Service would like to demolish the it.

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Preservation as Retention

Typically, preservation focuses narrowly on retaining a building as is or with minimal intervention. Jason Hart believes designers must do more.

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Preservation in Pieces

The building in question can be viewed as a kit of parts, full of potential.

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Preservation as Informant

In this scenario, the building continues its original purpose, to guide visitors through the landscape, though now, divisions between the two break down and it become a piece of the surroundings.

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Preservation as Informant

The building becomes a waystation, a marker, signaling what it once was but also what came before it, all with a deft hand.

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Preservation as Addition

Often, new pieces are added to old buildings, but why not invert the formula? In this case, the main hub of the Cyclorama is combined with a nearby museum.

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Preservation as Addition

The old building finds new life in this unexpected setting, reviving both while creating new opportunities in the process

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Preservation as Remant

The most artful and atemporal approach renders the building a ruin of sorts, but one that still carries cultural and aesthetic importance, and it is far better than a full demolition.

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