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Gettysburg Cyclorama building to be demolished

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm •  Published: January 10, 2013

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The National Park Service says it will tear down the Cyclorama building at the Gettysburg National Military Park that used to hold the 377-foot painting depicting a pivotal moment in the Civil War battle.

The park service has planned to tear down the building since 1999 but the architect Richard Neutra's son and a preservation group opposed the decision. The court battle over the building has lasted more than three times the length of the Civil War.

A court-ordered study last year found the best course of action would be to demolish the building.

The building was constructed in 1962 to house Paul Philippoteaux's 360-degree painting of Pickett's Charge. The restored painting-in-the-round was moved to a new visitor's center in 2008.

The Park Service says demolition should begin this winter.

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