Foreign Policy Magazine: “Who Likes Ike? Not Frank Gehry”

Writing for Foreign Policy, Stephen W. Walt, the esteemed professor of international relations at Harvard, scathingly reviews Frank Gehry’s avant-garde design for the Eisenhower Memorial. Who Likes Ike? Not Frank Gehry The family of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower is now weighing in against renowned architect Frank Gehry’s proposed design for an Eisenhower Memorial on … Read more

Susan Eisenhower Rebuts Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s Executive Architect

Susan Eisenhower has written another important commentary (www.susaneisenhower.com) about the ghastly planned memorial to her grandfather.  She responds to various claims made by Dan Feil, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s executive architect.

WORLD Mag: Proposed Eisenhower Memorial Reflects a Nation that Has Forgotten Greatness

WORLD magazine published a piercing critique of the planned  Eisenhower Memorial: Mystic chords: The Proposed Eisenhower Memorial Reflects a Nation that has Forgotten Greatness . . . The Eisenhower National Memorial was commissioned in 1999, but the design was not unveiled until late last year, to a mixed reception. Early in January the controversy exploded … Read more

Fox News Highlights Opposition to Eisenhower Memorial Design

On January 25, 2012, Bret Baier featured the opposition to the Eisenhower Memorial on his Fox News show “Special Report.” Click here for the video.  According to the transcript: The family of late President Dwight Eisenhower wants the designers of a planned memorial in the nation’s capital to go back to the drawing board. It … Read more

Washington Post: “Just Say No” to Eisenhower Memorial Design

Writing in the Washington Post, Roger K. Lewis, an esteemed architect and emeritus professor at the University of Maryland, severely criticizes Frank Gehry’s design for the national Eisenhower Memorial: Architect Frank Gehry’s design for the congressionally authorized memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower is creatively unconventional, innovative in form and use of materials, monumental in … Read more

Susan Eisenhower Launches Ike Memorial Blog

Susan Eisenhower has launched an exciting new blog (www.susaneisenhower.com) to express her criticisms of the planned Memorial to honor her grandfather, President Eisenhower.   We encourage to read her thoughtful, highly persuasive commentary. The entire Eisenhower family has previously written a letter calling for a halt to the Memorial.  And in December 2011, David Eisenhower … Read more

Daily Caller: Eisenhower Family Objects to Expensive, Garish D.C. Monument

The Daily Caller published a hard-hitting news story on the opposition to Frank Gehry’s ghastly design for the Eisenhower Memorial: The family of the late Dwight Eisenhower has come out against a planned memorial to the former president that they believe is inappropriate, unsustainable and not in keeping with his wishes. Plans for the memorial, … Read more

Washingtonian: Q&A With Susan Eisenhower About the Fight Over Her Grandfather’s Memorial

Washingtonian magazine features an excellent interview of Susan Eisenhower by Carol Ross Joynt regarding the planned Eisenhower Memorial: When it comes to presidential families, the Eisenhower family is among the quietest. Rarely do they speak up about anything, but that has changed dramatically as plans are finalized for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial adjacent to … Read more

CNN: Family Questions Design of Eisenhower Statue

  CNN reports on the Eisenhower family’s unified opposition to Frank Gehry’s ugly design for the Eisenhower Memorial: President Dwight David Eisenhower’s family wants to put the brakes on the development of a memorial honoring the 34th U.S. president along the National Mall in Washington. The groundbreaking is scheduled for late 2012. “The concept of … Read more

Topeka Capital-Journal: Some Don’t Like Ike’s Memorial

Adding to the growing opposition from Kansas, the Topeka Capital-Journal  editorializes against Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial: Is the story of Dwight D. Eisenhower about a small-town Kansas boy or about one of the 20th century’s greatest military leaders who became our nation’s 34th president? The answer to that question, as everyone knows, … Read more

NPR: Eisenhower Family Objects to Design for Memorial

NPR’s “All Things Considered” aired an excellent report on the Memorial, which you can listen to here. Listen to the voice of Daniel J. Feil, the executive architect of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, to hear how defensive he sounds.   That NPR mentions the “Unbuilt Washington” exhibit at the National Building Museum strongly suggests that this … Read more

Wichita Eagle: Memorial Design Mocks Eisenhower’s Legacy

The people of Kansas are starting to learn just how offensive the Eisenhower Memorial is.  Brandon James Smith writes in the Wichita Eagle: Eisenhower is, without a doubt, one of Kansas’ best-known citizens. . . . But the current plans for the memorial are a postmodern monstrosity of enormous concrete pillars and steel tapestries lording … Read more

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Diminishing Dwight Eisenhower in D.C. Memorial

Writing in The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Kevin O’Brien staunchly opposes Frank Gehry’s hideous design for the Eisenhower Memorial : Gehry’s plan is to depict Eisenhower as the “barefoot boy” growing up in Abilene, Kan., that the general referenced in a speech when he returned from the war. A sculpture of young Eisenhower would be shown marveling … Read more

Eisenhower Family Letter Calls for a Halt to the Ike Memorial

The National Civic Art Society today obtained copies of the letters the Eisenhower family sent yesterday to the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) calling for a halt to the authorization of the Eisenhower Memorial.   A scan of the letters obtained from NCPC can be found here. The family’s criticisms of the Memorial echo those … Read more

AP Wire: Eisenhower Family Asks to Delay Ike Memorial

According to the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s family wants a memorial in the nation’s capital redesigned, saying the current plans overemphasize his humble Kansas roots and neglect his accomplishments in World War II and the White House. Architect Frank Gehry has proposed a memorial park framed by large metal tapestries … Read more

Gehry’s “Ghastly” Eisenhower Memorial

George Weigel, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, today attacked Frank Gehry’s “ghastly” design for the Eisenhower Memorial.  He wrote in NRO: Introducing his two-volume biography of the 34th president of the United States, Stephen Ambrose offered a simple, and accurate, judgment: “Dwight Eisenhower was a great and good man. He was … Read more

National Civic Art Society Publishes its Report on Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

We are proud to announce the publication of The Gehry Towers Over Eisenhower: The National Civic Art Society Report on Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial by Justin Shubow.  Extensively researched and documented, the report is being distributed to Congress and other interested parties. Among our explosive findings: The Eisenhower family opposes Frank Gehry’s design for the … Read more

David Eisenhower Resigns from the Eisenhower Memorial Commission

Immediately after The Washington Post reported the Eisenhower family’s increasingly vocal opposition to Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission announced that David Eisenhower had resigned from the Commission. This is extremely significant since David was the Eisenhower family’s sole representative on the Commission. Note that in the 1960s, when the … Read more

Eisenhower Family Calls for Timeout in Approval of Memorial

On October 6, 2011, The Washington Post reported that the Eisenhower family had called for a timeout in the approval of Frank Gehry’s design for the national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower: At a public conversation Wednesday at the National Archives, Frank Gehry encountered hostile questions from audience members about his designs for a memorial … Read more

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