Cyclorama building at Gettysburg may be moved

The old Cyclorama building at Gettysburg National Military Park may yet have a new life. Instead of the demolition favored by a 1999 master plan for the park, the now unused building may be renovated for a new purpose or even moved to another location.

Last year a federal court judge ruled the National Park Service had to consider other alternatives to the planned razing of the 1962 structure designed to house the 360-degree painting of Pickett's Charge. The ruling followed a successful suit brought by preservationists to force the Park Service to consider other uses for the building.

The painting was moved to the new visitors center in 2005.

According to a story in the Gettysburg Times, Gettysburg superintendent Bob Kirby said moving the structure was now a possibility as was finding a new use for the building. A third alternative would be to moth-ball it. There is still a possibility the building will be demolished. It was constructed on the site of historic Ziegler's Grove near where Pickett's Charge took place. The park service had planned to return the landscape to its 1863 appearance.

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