|Neutra: Gettysburg Alert|
THE DEATH OF A THOUSAND CUTS STARTS!
Asbestos Abatement started early February, 2013
Destruction of elements in the interior of the Cyclorama
IN PREPARATION FOR TOTAL DESTRUCTION!
We still have hopes for Presidential Intervention.
PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKE NOTE AND ACT!
IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER!
We need your support to protest this unconscionable
GETTYSBURG CRIME OF THE CENTURY
Money NOW needed for support persons to picket the site banners and graphics to support labor to salvage as much as possible storage space to archive remains saved shipping costs to remove/send remains to final resting space contact and alert media and authorities document process for posterity
Make a tax deductable donation in the name of CULTURE!
Be as generous as possible; we need $10,000!
You can help save the Neutra
Even if you've written before, we need you to RE-SEND this letter again!
September 1998, the Cyclorama Center
December 1999, the Society of Architectural Historians
Yet, in May, 1999, the Advisory Council on Historic
Preservation recommended to
With that recommendation, the National Park Service [NPS] is thereby authorized to destroy existing facilities as part of an offer by a developer to build a big shopping/commercial complex on the Civil War battlefield a mile from the town which has developed around the Cyclorama visitor center. Motive: to provide without cost to the government, an up-to-date new Visitor and Cyclorama Center in exchange for the right to build and operate a commercial complex on the battlefield. This in competition with established merchants on the main street of Gettysburg, who worry about being frozen out of the tourist business upon which they depend.
WE HOPE you believe as we do, now joined by major preservationists, that it's worth it for our government to lead the way towards historic preservation of selected worthy buildings of this type. Especially those designed by acknowledged masters of architecture, such as internationally renowned architect Richard Neutra [1892-1970], Gold Medalist of the AIA in 1977. Please consider writing a letter such as the one following, or a version you are free to create from our example. It is said they [NPS] think of this situation a continuation of their plans for public-private partnerships they hope to repeat at other NPS sites as well, which will further jeopardize examples of the unique "Mission 66" projects completed in the 60s for the 50th anniversary of the NPS.
What about our architectural heritage?
Whatever you do, please do this soon! The Park Service is now proceeding with its development plans despite the findings of the Keeper of the National Register. Your letter will make a difference! A constituency for preservation has been built gradually; now we need to act!
THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORTS. WE ARE ALL WORKING TO PRESERVE OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE!