The American Conservative: Eisenhower Memorial Carried Forward by Resignation Not Momentum

Micah Meadowcraft writes for The American Conservative: Will Eisenhower Ever Have a Fitting Memorial? By MICAH MEADOWCROFT • March 8, 2017, 12:00 AM Few seem to really like it, but for now it seems to be limping along to somewhere. That sentiment describes the latest chapter in the saga of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. It was commissioned … Read more

House Appropriators Recommend Zeroing Funding for Eisenhower Memorial

The Free Beacon reports: House Appropriations Committee Recommends Zeroing Funding for Eisenhower Memorial Memorial commission unwilling to consider ‘sensible revisions’ BY: Blake Seitz June 14, 2016 2:50 pm The House Appropriations Committee released a report Tuesday that recommends eliminating all funding for the Eisenhower Memorial for fiscal 2017. The report, which provides guidance for the … Read more

Free Beacon: Fundraising Woes Continue for Eisenhower Memorial

The Free Beacon reports: Fundraising Woes Continue for Eisenhower Memorial Controversial design by Frank Gehry has raised at most $4.7 million in five years BY: Blake Seitz April 26, 2016 2:00 pm  Five years after the Eisenhower Memorial Commission began spending big bucks on a private fundraising campaign, the group has raised from private sources a … Read more

Daily Beast: Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Does not Befit the President’s Humility

Nicolaus Mills, who wrote the authoritative book on the National World War II Memorial, comments in the Daily Beast: Disputed Vision: It’s D-Day for Ike’s Memorial 02.15.16 12:00 AM ET The battle over plans for a Washington memorial to Dwight Eisenhower drags on, but meanwhile more and more of the Greatest Generation fades away each … Read more

*** Congress Zeroes All Construction Funds for Eisenhower Memorial Design ***

The Free Beacon reports: Congress Zeroes Construction Funds for Eisenhower Memorial Omnibus text cites ‘concerns’ from Congress, Eisenhower family By: Morgan Chalfant December 17, 2015 1:15 pm Congress zeroed all construction funds for the controversial project to erect a monument honoring U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 2016. The so-called “omnibus” appropriations bill, expected to … Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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