WaPo: It’s Time for a Do-Over for the Eisenhower Memorial

Sam Roche comments in the Washington Post: A Do-Over for Ike: Scrap the Pricey Memorial Design and Hold a Public Competition By Sam Roche February 12 at 1:48 PM Congress may not be very popular these days, but lawmakers are reining in at least one runaway government program on the public’s behalf: a long-delayed memorial to Dwight D. … Read more

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

Video of National Civic Art Society U.S. House Briefing on the Eisenhower Memorial

After 15 years and $40 million spent, Frank Gehry’s wildly unpopular design for the National Eisenhower Memorial is on life support. Not a shovel of dirt has been turned, Congress zeroed all construction funding, and the National Capital Planning Commission denied preliminary approval. Recently, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment voted to eliminate … Read more

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: info@civicart.org 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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2014 CONTACT: info@civicart.org 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

National Civic Art Society Launches Investigation Into Secretive Eisenhower Memorial Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2013 CONTACT: info@civicart.org 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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2013 CONTACT: info@civicart.org 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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2013 CONTACT: info@civicart.org 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

National Review: Monstrosity by the Mall

National Review published a learned and insightful article by architecture critic Catesby Leigh: Monstrosity by the Mall June 21, 2012 12:00 A.M. By Catesby Leigh Back in 2004, the National Gallery of Art hosted a scholarly symposium to explore the wonders of its East Building, which earlier that year the American Institute of Architects had honored … Read more

HuffPo: Flawed Selection Process Mars Eisenhower Memorial

Sam Roche, a lecturer at the University of Miami School of Architecture, published  the following article in the Huffington Post: Flawed Selection Process Mars Eisenhower Memorial Posted: 06/12/2012 6:08 pm In recent weeks, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission backed down from holding a secret, closed-door vote to forge ahead with what has become a very controversial … Read more

Roll Call: Eisenhower Memorial Complaints Reach Fever Pitch

Roll Call reports (and the Huffington Post republishes): Eisenhower Memorial Complaints Reach Fever Pitch By Emma Dumain Roll Call Staff May 31, 2012, 7:15 p.m. Rep. Darrell Issa says he will withhold his support for the Eisenhower Memorial design should the commission go ahead with its July 12 meeting with the National Capital Planning Commission. Opposition … Read more

National Civic Art Society Announces Statement On the Revised Eisenhower Memorial Design

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2012 CONTACT: info@civicart.org or (202) 670-1776 National Civic Art Society Statement On the Revised Eisenhower Memorial Design On May 15th, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission unveiled Frank Gehry’s revised Eisenhower Memorial design. Unfortunately, members of the public were not allowed to speak at the meeting, further confirming the undemocratic nature of this memorial design process. Mr. Gehry’s absence was … Read more

Eisenhower Memorial Commission Responds to Questions from House Subcommittee

On March 20, 2012, the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the House Committee on Natural Resources held a historic hearing about Frank Gehry’s proposed design for the Eisenhower Memorial.  Howard Segermark, chairman emeritus of the National Civic Art Society, testified against the design and the process that selected it.  (His remarks can … Read more

Architectural Record: “Will the Frank Gehry-Designed Ike Memorial Ever Get Built?”

Architectural Record, perhaps the most influential magazine in the field, published an article on the growing opposition to Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial: A Monumental Debate April 16, 2012 Will the Frank Gehry-designed Ike Memorial ever get built? By Ben Adler For an architect, no commission is more troublesome than creating a national memorial. Frank Gehry is … Read more

Architectural Record: Will the Frank Gehry-Designed Ike Memorial Ever Get Built?

The May 2012 edition of Architectural Record features the following story on the Eisenhower Memorial: A Monumental Debate April 16, 2012 Will the Frank Gehry-designed Ike Memorial ever get built? By Ben Adler For an architect, no commission is more troublesome than creating a national memorial. Frank Gehry is learning firsthand just how fraught the … Read more

Roger K. Lewis in WaPo: Modernists Should Oppose Gehry’s Memorial, Too

Roger K. Lewis, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland, writes in the Washington Post that Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial ought to be opposed not just by those who prefer classical architecture but by Modernists as well: Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Design Needs to Be Rethought The Eisenhower Memorial Commission recently decided to … Read more

NCAS: The Problems with Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

Writing for First Things magazine, Erik Bootsma and Eric Wind, who serve on the Board of Directors of the National Civic Art Society, detailed the numerous flaws in Frank Gehry’s avant-garde Eisenhower Memorial: Over the past year, “starchitect” Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on the National Mall, has been the subject of … Read more

National Civic Art Society Testifies at Eisenhower Memorial Congressional Hearing

On March 20, 2012, the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the House Committee on Natural Resources held a historic hearing about Frank Gehry’s proposed design for the Eisenhower Memorial.  Howard Segermark, chairman emeritus of the National Civic Art Society, testified against the design and the process that selected it.  (See below for … Read more

Darrell Issa Investigates Eisenhower Memorial Competition, Calls for Delaying Design Approval

Congressman Darrell Issa, chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, has begun investigating the “competition” that selected Frank Gehry to design the Eisenhower Memorial. In a letter to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, he requested a copy of all architecture designs submitted in the “competition,” and a detailed description of the “competition” process, including a breakdown … Read more

American Spectator: “Design for the Eisenhower Memorial … an Insult to All Concerned”

The American Spectator magazine published a scathing critique of the planned memorial to President Eisenhower: A Monstrosity, Not a Monument Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington is an insult to all concerned. By Tom Bethell . . . The architect chosen to design the memorial is Frank Gehry and you surely have … Read more

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