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

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

***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

***HOUSE CUTS OFF ALL 2013 FUNDING FROM EISENHOWER MEMORIAL***

Roll Call reports: Eisenhower Memorial Cut Off From New Funds in Spending Draft By Emma Dumain Roll Call Staff June 19, 2012, 7:01 p.m. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission would not receive any new funds in fiscal 2013 under a draft bill unveiled Tuesday from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. Opponents … Read more

WTOP: Congress Enters Eisenhower Memorial Debate

WTOP radio reports: Congress enters Eisenhower memorial debate Saturday – 6/2/2012, 7:45am  ET WASHINGTON – Congress is wading into the dispute over the memorial for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is expected to be built near the National Mall. The Eisenhower family doesn’t like Frank Gehry’s design, even after changes, and California Rep. Darrell Issa … 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

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

National Journal: How Should We Remember Ike?

National Journal published an excellent overview of the controversy over the Eisenhower Memorial: How Should We Remember Ike? by Christopher Snow Hopkins Updated: April 20, 2012 | 4:10 p.m. April 18, 2012 | 9:30 p.m. A battle is under way over the legacy of the 34th president, and at the heart of it is Dwight D. … Read more

NCAS: Rybczynski Is Wrong on the Eisenhower Memorial

Writing for Better! Cities & Towns, Milton Grenfell, vice-chairman of the National Civic Art Society, demolished Witold Rybczynski’s defense of the Eisenhower Memorial  in the New York Times: Witold Rybczynski’s recent New York Times op-ed piece, “Don’t Undermine the Eisenhower Memorial Design,” contains five incorrect assertions and two misleading ones. Thus, it not surprisingly comes to a flawed … 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

Weekly Standard: Gehry’s Ike Memorial Is “Appalling”

In The Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson demolishes the planned design for the Eisenhower Memorial: Re-Gendered Ike Andrew Ferguson March 12, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 25 Last week the chairman of the House administration committee, Dan Lungren of California, sent a letter to the National Capital Planning Commission, one of the many administrative bodies charged with safeguarding … 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

NCAS Publishes Shocking Photos of Eisenhower Memorial “Tapestry,” a Rat’s Nest of Tangled Steel

The National Civic Art Society today published shocking photos — full-size images available here — of mockups of the giant industrial steel “tapestries” planned for the Eisenhower Memorial.   (The main “tapestry” — a veritable “Eisen Curtain” — is so large it will dwarf the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles.) The source of the photos is … Read more

Congressmen Dan Lungren and Aaron Schock Call for Rejecting Eisenhower Memorial Design

In a bold letter to the National Capital Planning Commission, Congressmen Dan Lungren (CA) and Aaron Schock (IL) have called for rejecting the Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial.  In doing so, they join Representative Frank Wolf (VA), who also publicly opposes the terrible design.  They also join the entire Eisenhower family, who have … Read more

Congressman Frank Wolf Calls for Rejecting Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Design

The Associated Press reports great news for everyone trying to slow down the Eisenhower Memorial freight train:  A Virginia congressman is asking a federal panel to reject an architect’s design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, noting that the World War II general’s family’s objections.In a letter Friday to the National … Read more

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