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Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner Calls for Reset of Ike Memorial

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin sent this strongly worded letter (PDF here) to the chairman and ranking member of the  U.S. House Appropriations Committee: Dear Chairman [Harold] Rogers and Ranking Member [Nita] Lowey: As we move through the appropriations process, I am writing to ask your insistence that the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s (the Commission) … Read more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Editorial: Bob Dole Is Wrong: Ike’s Memorial Should Be Done Right, Not Rushed

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial board writes: Do It Right Bob Dole has a new project. Long a champion of this country’s veterans, his own withered arm says more about his wartime service and sacrifice than any statue could. Now he’s leading a peacetime campaign to get the long-planned Eisenhower Memorial in Washington finished while he … Read more

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National Review: Congress Needs to Kill Frank Gehry’s Awful Eisenhower Memorial Once and For All

Architecture critic Catesby Leigh comments for National Review: Congress Needs to Kill Frank Gehry’s Awful Eisenhower Memorial Once and For All For thousands of years, erecting a monument to a great personage or event has involved creating a structure with a powerful physical as well as symbolic presence. The monument might be architectural, sculptural, or … Read more

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U.S. House Bill Seeks to Defund Eisenhower Memorial Design, Calls for “Reset”

The Free Beacon reports: A new bill in the House of Representatives would likely scuttle the controversial memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower opposed by the 34th president’s family. The bill from the House Interior Appropriations subcommittee would cut all funding for the Eisenhower memorial due to objections about design and funding from the Memorial Commission. … Read more

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Eisenhower Memorial Commissioner Rep. Mike Simpson Calls for Design Reset

According to Roll Call: Ask Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, about the fate of architect Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial and he’ll tell you it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start over. “There’s been some real conflict between the staff, the Eisenhower family and, to some degree, Congress,” said Simpson, vice chairman … Read more

House Appropriators Ken Calvert and Mike Simpson Express Skepticism Toward Eisenhower Memorial Design

Hannah Hess reports for Roll Call: Despite rosy projections from Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission staff of breaking ground on a monument to the 34th president in the next calendar year, Capitol Hill’s representatives on the commission remain skeptical. “Ultimately, what I think you’ve got to have is a buy-in from the Eisenhower family,” said Rep. … Read more

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Stars and Stripes: WWI Memorial Shows How to Redesign Ike’s

Sam Roche, of the organization Right by Ike, writes in Stars and Stripes: Organizers of the stalled presidential memorial to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower should look to another memorial’s example to get their own tribute back on track. Last month a newly authorized federal commission announced plans to complete a World War I Memorial two blocks … Read more

Rep. Jason Chaffetz Expresses Qualms About Ike Memorial Design

Roll Call reports: CQ Roll Call has learned that in the three weeks since news of the leadership shakeup [of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission], the Eisenhower family has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill to reiterate their criticism about Gehry’s design and the process by which Gehry was selected. The former president’s granddaughters, Anne … Read more

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Senator Jack Reed Follows Senator Jerry Moran in Resigning from Eisenhower Memorial Commission

According to Roll Call: A second senator has quietly cut ties with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission. Two weeks after Kansas Republican Jerry Moran submitted his resignation, the EMC received a letter from Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed notifying them of his exit. By law, the commission is composed of four presidential appointees and … Read more

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National Civic Art Society to Host Capitol Hill Briefing on Ike Memorial on July 18

Event Details: The National Civic Art Society cordially invites you to a luncheon briefing on the planned National Eisenhower Memorial. The briefing will cover the status of the imperiled design by Frank Gehry and the alternatives before Congress. Lunch will be provided. Date: Friday, July 18, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT) Location: The … Read more

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National Civic Art Society, Represented by Jones Day, Obtains Eisenhower Memorial Competition Docs Via FOIA

[For media coverage of this announcement, see Roll Call’s story “House Appropriations Investigators Probing Eisenhower Memorial Commission.”] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2014 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 Permalink: http://www.eisenhowermemorial.net/national-civic-art-society-represented-by-jones-day-obtains-eisenhower-memorial-competition-docs-via-foia National Civic Art Society, Represented by Jones Day, Obtains Eisenhower Memorial Competition Docs Via FOIA On Wednesday, the global law firm Jones Day announced an important victory in the National … Read more

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New York Sun Editorial: Ike Memorial Is a Monument to the Architect, Not the President

The Eisenhower Memorial Editorial of The New York Sun | June 16, 2014 An email this morning alerts us to the crisis brewing over the memorial to President Eisenhower planned for the mall in Washington. This is something to think about in a season of retreat in American foreign policy, when so many of us … Read more

Providence Journal: Build a Real Memorial to Eisenhower

From the David Brussat, who sits on the editorial board of the Providence Journal: Build a Real Memorial to Eisenhower By David Brussat April 23, 2014 03:41 PM The horizon keeps receding for Frank Gehry’s notion of what a memorial to Dwight Eisenhower should look like. The other day his design was rejected by the … Read more

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Examiner: Uncertain Future Troubles Eisenhower Memorial Commission and its Insular Staff

From the Washington Examiner: Uncertain Future Troubles Eisenhower Memorial Commission and its Insular Staff BY LUKE ROSIAK | APRIL 15, 2014 AT 11:56 AM A federal planning group has delivered what could be a fatal blow to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s controversial design for honoring the former president and World War II hero. Nine full-time, taxpayer-funded employees and a board … Read more

Washington Post: Planning Commission Goes to War with Gehry Over Eisenhower Memorial

The Washington Post reports: Planning commission goes to war with Gehry Partners over Eisenhower Memorial design  By Katherine Boyle, Published: April 3 The National Capital Planning Commission voted 7 to 3 to disapprove the design and building plans for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. The commission accepted the NCPC executive director’s recommendation that Gehry Partners’ design … Read more

AP: Federal Commission Rejects Frank Gehry’s Design for Eisenhower Memorial

The Associated Press reports: Panel Rejects Design for Eisenhower Memorial By BRETT ZONGKER — Apr. 3, 2014 6:30 PM EDT A federal commission that oversees plans for monuments in the nation’s capital voted Thursday to reject the current design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower, sending the concept back to its architects for … Read more

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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Roll Call: It’s Time to Bury Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

Originally published by Roll Call: It’s Time to Bury Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial | Commentary By Justin Shubow Feb. 3, 2014, 1:20 p.m.  The Eisenhower Memorial is dead. Not the memorial itself, but the wildly unpopular design by Frank Gehry. The decisive blow is Congress’ 2014 budget, which denied the $49 million in construction funds … 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