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National Civic Art Society Ramps Up FOIA Investigation of Eisenhower Memorial Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2014 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 National Civic Art Society Ramps Up FOIA Investigation of Secretive Eisenhower Memorial Competition To continue our investigation of the secretive, rigged “competition” for the National Eisenhower Memorial, the National Civic Art Society today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeal [PDF available here] to the General Services … Read more

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AP: Congress Says No to Eisenhower Memorial Funding

The Associated Press reports: Congress Says No to Eisenhower Memorial Funding BRETT ZONGKER — Jan. 17, 2014 3:21 PM EST Funding requested to begin building the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial near the National Mall has been eliminated in a spending deal passed by Congress, while lawmakers restored funding for other national arts and cultural … Read more

Roll Call: Eisenhower Memorial Losing Support from Congress

Roll Call reports: Eisenhower Memorial Losing Support from Congress By Hannah Hess Roll Call Staff Jan. 15, 2014, 4:16 p.m. Congress is using the power of the purse strings to put more pressure on the planners behind the Eisenhower Memorial, a project that is now nearly 15 years in the making. The project received only $1 … Read more

Roll Call: Eisenhower Memorial Stuck in Neutral

Roll Call reports: Eisenhower Memorial Stuck in Neutral By Hannah Hess Roll Call Staff Nov. 25, 2013, 3:55 p.m. It’s been 14 years since Congress determined that a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower was needed, but the question of how to do right by Ike continues to confound. An urban park, dreamed up by … Read more

Frank Gehry Says He Doesn’t Know If His Eisenhower Memorial Will Get Built

In a profile of Frank Gehry, the Financial Times reports: The Eisenhower project is the one that is currently giving him the most headaches . . . . “It’s complicated,” says Gehry. . . . And then the tone of his voice turns suddenly weary: “I don’t know whether it will get built.”     … Read more

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Roll Call & Washington Post: Eisenhower Commission Suffers Another Huge Setback; Memorial Further Delayed

At the last second, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission withdrew the Memorial from the September meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission, a federal agency that has yet to give the project preliminary approval. The Eisenhower Commission pulled out at the last second because the NCPC’s official Executive Director Recommendation devastatingly denied approving the design. You … Read more

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*** President Obama Appoints National Civic Art Society Advisor Bruce Cole to Eisenhower Memorial Commission ***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 President Obama Appoints National Civic Art Society Advisor Bruce Cole to Eisenhower Memorial Commission The National Civic Art Society applauds President Barack Obama for appointing Bruce Cole to the Commission overseeing the construction of the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.  Cole has strongly opposed Frank … Read more

National Civic Art Society Launches Investigation Into Secretive Eisenhower Memorial Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 National Civic Art Society Launches Investigation Into Secretive Eisenhower Memorial Competition To investigate what many believe to have been a rigged process, the National Civic Art Society today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request [PDF available here] to the General Services Administration … Read more

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NCAS Slams Ike Memorial at Fine Arts Commission, Says Central Statue Belongs in a Snow-globe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 National Civic Art Society Slams Ike Memorial at Fine Arts Commission, Says Central Statue Belongs in a Snow-globe On Thursday, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts–the federal agency tasked with protecting the aesthetics of the National Mall–took up the planned National Eisenhower Memorial. (For news stories on the event, … Read more

National Civic Art Society Testifies in Congress in Favor of a New Eisenhower Memorial Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 On Tuesday March 19th, National Civic Art Society President Justin Shubow testified before the House Subcommittee on Public Lands on a proposed bill for a new competition for the National Memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, now estimated to cost $142 million. The proposed … Read more

New Yorker Mag: “Reboot” the Ike Memorial; “In True Bipartisan Spirit, Almost Everyone Hates It”

Jeffery Frank, author of the new book Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage, comments for The New Yorker: March 25, 2013 Rescuing the Eisenhower Memorial By Jeffrey Frank On the anniversary of President Eisenhower’s first Inauguration, he went to Fort McNair, which was nearby, to have lunch with some Army pals. His … Read more

National Civic Art Society Reponds to AIA’s Letter to House Subcommittee Regarding the Eisenhower Memorial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 Robert Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, submitted a letter to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Public Lands asserting that the trade organization opposes the bill proposed by Rep. Rob Bishop to scrap Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial. The letter … Read more

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National Civic Art Society to Testify in the U.S. House on a Bill to Scrap Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 On Tuesday March 19th, National Civic Art Society President Justin Shubow will appear before the House Subcommittee on Public Lands to testify on a proposed bill that would scrap Frank Gehry’s design for the National Memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The hearing will … Read more

Photo 8: Loose wire braids in the Eisenhower Memorial Tapestry Mockup; Source: National Capital Planning Commission

Eisenhower Memorial Design Receives Major Setback as National Capital Planning Commission Delays Review Again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 Eisenhower Memorial Design Receives Major Setback as National Capital Planning Commission Again Delays Review In another resounding setback for Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) yet again has delayed its review of the proposed avant-garde design. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission … Read more

Debris Being Introduced to the Eisenhower Memorial Tapestry Mockup; Source: National Capital Planning Commission

Ike Memorial Design Testing Shows Govt. Materials Experts Have Serious Concerns About Durability and Cleanliness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 [See also the press release on an earlier NCPC technical report here.] Eisenhower Memorial Design Testing Shows Government Materials Experts Have Serious Concerns About the Memorial’s Durability and Cleanliness The National Capital Planning Commission today released the latest technical report on the planned national … Read more

National Civic Art Society Decries Manipulated Images in Eisenhower Memorial Marketing Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 National Civic Art Society Decries Manipulated Images in Eisenhower Memorial Marketing Campaign Desperate for public support for the highly unpopular design of the National Eisenhower Memorial, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission has launched a website called “Ike 2012” (http://www.iLikeIke2012.com). A mock presidential campaign, it pretends that the former president is … Read more

Eisenhower Memorial viewed from Independence Ave. -- Source: Eisenhower Memorial Commission

Epoch Times: Classical Design Could Save Eisenhower Memorial

Evan Mantyk writes in the Epoch Times: New Design Could Save Troubled Eisenhower Monument   Modern design is stalled, classical vision is put forward December 23, 2012 NEW YORK—A planned monument to President Dwight Eisenhower in Washington, D.C., funded largely by taxpayer dollars, has been put off until next year amid controversy over the design. … Read more

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Former U.S. Fine Arts Commissioner Looks Ahead to a Modest Statue Replacing Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

According to its self-description, “The [U.S.] Commission of Fine Arts, established in 1910 by Act of Congress, is charged with giving expert advice to the President, Congress and the heads of departments and agencies of the Federal and District of Columbia governments on matters of design and aesthetics, as they affect the Federal interest and … Read more

Aug. 2011 Mockup of Eisenhower Memorial Tapestry -- Source: U.S. Commissionf of Fine Arts

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Ike Memorial Is Postmodern and Meaningless

Paul Greenberg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, writes: I Like Ike LITTLE ROCK — Ordinarily, the news that a long overdue memorial to an historic American leader has been put on hold still again would come as a disappointment. But if you’ve seen the innocuous design for an Eisenhower memorial in the nation’s … Read more

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***Senator Inouye Questions How Ike Memorial Can Go Forward Over Eisenhower Family Opposition***

In major news, Senator Daniel Inouye, vice chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, has questioned whether Frank Gehry’s $142 million avant-garde design can go forward over opposition from the entire Eisenhower family. (Sen. Iouye’s full letter can be found here.) That opposition includes a recent letter by John S.D. Eisenhower, the former president’s son and … Read more

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