Presentation on theme: "The Visitor Center as Monument: Re-Contextualizing Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center at Gettysburg Christine Madrid French Designing the Parks Charlottesville,"— Presentation transcript:
The Visitor Center as Monument: Re-Contextualizing Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center at Gettysburg Christine Madrid French Designing the Parks Charlottesville, VA 24 May 2008
Images from 1950s Park Service promotional literature. 80 million visitors expected by 1966
Visitor Center, Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland, 1962, William Cramp Scheetz, Jr. To be demolished under current park management plan. Visitor Center, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona, 1966, Cecil Doty.
Boston Cyclorama Building, now used as an arts center.
Former National Museum, privately held until the 1970s. To be demolished under current GMP. Location map; Cyclorama Center at bottom left, Visitor Center at middle. View of the battlefield from the roof of the Cyclorama Center.
Kaufmann “Desert” House, Palm Springs, California. Photo by David Glomb. Lovell “Health” House, Los Angeles, California.
Visitor Center and Painted Desert Community, Petrified Forest National Monument, Arizona. Neutra and Alexander, architects, 1959-63.
Cyclorama Center under construction, ca. 1960 (left), and views from today.
Employee “break area” of hay bales, chairs, and old carpeting tucked under office wing. Water leaks on second floor lobby ceiling. Concrete and stone exterior not properly maintained. All photographs 2000-2002.
Visitor Center, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah. Anshen and Allen, 1957. Beaver Meadows Headquarters; Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Taliesin Associated Architects, 1964-1967. Visitor Center, Wright Brothers National Memorial, North Carolina. Mitchell/Giurgola, 1957-59. These three Mission 66 visitor centers were recently listed as National Historic Landmarks.
View of the Cyclorama Center from the fields of Gettysburg, just visible in the middle ground of photo. Tower now demolished. Cyclorama Center here.