GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Architects unveiled the design of a new museum and visitor center at Gettysburg National Military Park, where modern, spacious facilities will be concealed in a complex that looks like a cluster of old farm buildings.
"The story of Gettysburg is so big, it needs a bigger, better facility," said Chris Rebmann, a Gettysburg resident and president of the Assn. of Licensed Battlefield Guides. "To have one that blends into the landscape, instead of intruding on it, is going to be wonderful."
The public got its first look Friday at a New York architecture firm's plans for the $95-million museum and visitor center. The new complex is to be built less than a mile from the current visitor center, which is near the cemetery where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
Although it is designed to look like a turn-of-the-century Pennsylvania farm--complete with a stone grain silo and tin-roofed circular barn--the center will house two theaters, a cafeteria, a bookstore, classrooms, interpretive exhibits and other modern amenities.