Gehry to Unveil New Eisenhower Memorial Plans Next Month

Proposed design for the 4-acre Eisenhower Memorial. (Courtesy Gehry Partners)

Proposed design for the 4-acre Eisenhower Memorial. (Courtesy Gehry Partners)

Frank Gehry has had a hell of time with this Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since the architect was selected to design the memorial in 2009, his plans to honor Ike have been met with sustained and scathing backlash.

Proposed design for memorial. (Courtesy National Capital Planning Commission)

Proposed design for memorial. (Courtesy National Capital Planning Commission)

Countless columnists have pilloried Gehry’s design, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts objected to key elements of the memorial, Eisenhower’s granddaughter compared the metal tapestries that frame the site to fences at a Nazi concentration camp, congress rejected $49 million in construction funding for the project, and then, in April, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) voted 7-3 to reject the the plan. But it’s going to take more than that to stop Gehry.

According to Reuters, the architect will unveil a revised design to the Planning Commission at their next meeting in July. It will be interesting to see what that means for  the most controversial element of the project:  the 80-foot-tall columns and the large metal tapestries, which are intended to depict the Kansas landscape where Eisenhower grew up.

Here is Gehry explaining his proposal to the NCPC in 2010.

One Response to “Gehry to Unveil New Eisenhower Memorial Plans Next Month”

  1. gimbels lover says:

    Clarification: countless conservative columnists backed by Richard Dreihaus have criticized the design.

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