The Battle of Atlanta may have taken place more than 150 years ago, but the painting commemorating the event will soon be getting swanky new accommodations.
BuckheadView reports that the Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama building is taking shape on the campus of the Atlanta History Center. And a drone-shot video of the progress gives an idea of just how immense an undertaking the project is. (Here's a link to the AHS Facebook page and the short video; it's cool).
Plans call for the cylindrical building to open in 2017 to allow visitors to take a peek at the extensive restoration process of the massive painting. Work on that should wrap up in time for a formal unveiling in 2018.
Construction kicked off early this year on the $32-million facility, which includes space for not only the restored painting, but the locomotive "the Texas" and other Civil War artifacts.
Meanwhile, the former home of the painting in Grant Park is being converted into a new events facility at Zoo Atlanta.
- Cyclorama construction taking shape at Atlanta History Center [BuckheadView]
- Cyclorama construction progress video [Atlanta History Center]
- Cyclorama Construction Commences at Atlanta History Center [Curbed]
- Atlanta Zoo Slated for $38M Upgrade [Curbed]