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Gettysburg's Cyclorama building slated for demolition

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The National Park Service has issued a decision regarding the future of the Cyclorama building at Gettysburg National Military Park.

The decision announced Thursday calls for demolition of the Cyclorama building in order to rehabilitate North Cemetery Ridge on the Gettysburg battlefield to its historic appearance.

The 50-year-old building was once a landmark of the park and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, but was built near the center of the Union battle line where forces repelled Pickett's Charge.

The famous Cyclorama painting of Pickett's Charge was once housed there, but the painting in 2008 was relocated to the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center.

The Cyclorama building was slated for demolition years ago, but a U.S. District Court in March 2010 directed the National Park Service to look at alternatives, including a new use for the building at its current site or moving the building to a new location.

The Park Service said public comments gathered since the court order did not warrant any change in plans.

Spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said the park's nonprofit partner, the Gettysburg Foundation, has funds for the demolition of the building, which would begin this winter.

The work is expected to be completed by this summer's 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle.

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