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Perhaps no category of architects generates more controversy that those who discarded the norms of their times and broke new ground. This week, the Richard Neutra-designed Cyclorama building at the Gettysburg National Military Park met the wrecking ball. The building, completed in 1963, a century after Pickett’s Charge, the battle it depicted in 360-degree form, was a source of controversy in its 50-year life. Some battlefield experts say removing the building will restore the area to its original, grassy form; others, including Neutra’s son, Dion, say it was a significant work by the sometimes controversial architect; its design allowed visitors to surround themselves in the pain, drama and loss that took place on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. The 377-foot painting that depicted Pickett’s Charge was removed for restoration in 2008 and is now installed at a new visitor’s center. You can read more about the demolition here, or, for a look at a Richard Neutra residence that not only has stood the test of time but has been exceptionally well maintained by its original owner, pay a visit to Coveney House in Gulph Mills, Pa.