Mar 23



Our previous posts have shown the white Comfort Inn, which has really stood out next to Evergreen Cemetery. But the sides they are a changing. Instead of the white color shown on the rear and closest to the cemetery, a new, darker color has appeared on the right side of the structure, which we will label “headstone gray” in order to blend in with its neighbors. But this may only be the primer. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.

Time to take another walk around the Comfort Inn, which is being constructed on the south side of Cemetery Hill, adjoining Evergreen Cemetery. The color of the building now is darker than the white structure which we have been observing under construction the last couple of months. The individuals doing the painting told us that this was the final color. However, a reader who has constructed other Comfort Inns states that this isn’t the final color, it’s only the primer. Stay tuned.



We’ll take a walk around the building, starting with the front, or the side closest to the Baltimore Pike. Over half of the front has been painted the darker color. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



The southwest side of the building is showing more progress with the painting. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



A retaining wall is starting to be constructed to keep the cemetery occupants from joining the motel guests. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



Across (east of) the Baltimore Pike from the Comfort Inn is the brick Military Museum. To the right of the museum is a light blue house. Above the house are trees with light colored bark. Among the trees is the Slocum equestrian statue on Stevens’ Knoll/McKnight’s Hill. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



The southwest side of the Comfort Inn shows the most painting progress. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



This contrasts sharply with the rear (northwest) section near Evergreen Cemetery. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



Is the darker color going to excuse this structure from being built so close to the cemetery? This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



We ask again, “Is the darker color going to excuse this structure from being built so close to the cemetery?” This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



The Slocum equestrian statue on McKnight’s Hill/Stevens’ Knoll is the light-colored object visible between the Comfort Inn and the Military Museum. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



The retaining wall has not reached this level behind (northwest of) the Comfort Inn. We hope it is in the plans. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



Is it any wonder that this structure has become the Gettysburg “poster-child” for the Civil War Preservation Trust’s latest report on endangered battlefields? This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



Just three more months until the opening. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2008.



If they’re going to make an effort to camouflage the building, why can’t they do this? This view was edited facing northwest at approximately 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2008.

See the following related posts:

Culp’s Hill and Stevens’ Knoll Views of South Cemetery Hill on March 4, 2009.
Cemetery Hill Visual Intrusion Update on February 8, 2009.
Another Non-Historic Structure on the South Side of Cemetery Hill on December 1, 2008.
Yeah! More Subtle Cemetery Hill Construction! on December 28, 2008.
More Cemetery Hill Construction on December 30, 2008.
Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr:  The Gettysburg Electric Trolley Part 1 on January 23, 2009.


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