News comes today that the National Park Service has decided to recycle the ruins of the recently demolished Cyclorama Center. A parks spokesperson outlined the varied ways in which the crushed concrete will be repurposed. “We can weather some of the concrete and use it to fabricate stone walls on the battlefield as part of our efforts to rehabilitate the field to its June 1863 appearance,” she explained. “We’re running out of rocks after our clearing of Power’s Hill, and yet there are so many other walls to reconstruct. At a distance it will be hard to tell the difference, and it demonstrates our commitment to making Gettysburg a sustainable historical site.”
The NPS, in conjunction with the Gettysburg Foundation, also plans to sell small portions of the destroyed center to the public. A Foundation spokesperson explained: “Unfortunately, the revenues from the visitor center continue to fall below projections. This summer offers an ideal opportunity to allow visitors to take away a piece of historic Gettysburg, much as the George H. W. Bush Library sold pieces of the Berlin Wall.” Current plans call for the marketing of remains as follows: one can buy a piece of the center in a wood box for $50; one can purchase a handful of rubble for $15; and one can purchase a piece of concrete bundled with a ticket to view the actual Cyclorama as well as the film “A New Birth of Freedom” for $25.
Finally, the NPS has announced plans to provide fans of the work of Richard Neutra with certain select larger pieces of the demolished center. “We know this building was dear to their hearts,” a spokesperson explained, “and we felt that this was the least we could do for them. This way, they’ll be able to take away pieces of the building they wanted to relocate elsewhere.” Interested parties have until May 1 to pick up those pieces of the rubble set aside for this purpose.