On the Atlanta History Center's 33-acre Buckhead campus, construction on the Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama Building began in early December 2015 and is expected to be complete in late 2016.
The History Center intends to restore The Battle of Atlanta painting to its full hyperbolic or hourglass shape, size and overall height, and to re-create the 128-year-old painting's original visual perspective, both of which have been lost for nearly a century.
The plan is to open the building in late 2016 to allow the public to view the ongoing restoration of The Battle of Atlanta painting, with a full opening and dedication following in 2018. Once the painting has been fully restored, Atlanta residents, tourists, and other visitors can see The Battle of Atlanta as it was originally intended to be viewed when it was painted in 1886.
The Atlanta History Center is sending the rare locomotive to the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina, to restore it for static display. The Texas is expected to return to the Atlanta History Center in late 2016. It will be permanently featured in a custom-built glass-walled enclosure that will put the prized artifact of Atlanta's rich railroading past on prominent display, where it will be illuminated at night and clearly visible from West Paces Ferry Road at all hours.
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