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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Epoch Times: Classical Design Could Save Eisenhower Memorial

Evan Mantyk writes in the Epoch Times: New Design Could Save Troubled Eisenhower Monument   Modern design is stalled, classical vision is put forward December 23, 2012 NEW YORK—A planned monument to President Dwight Eisenhower in Washington, D.C., funded largely by taxpayer dollars, has been put off until next year amid controversy over the design. … Read more

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Ike Memorial Is Postmodern and Meaningless

Paul Greenberg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, writes: I Like Ike LITTLE ROCK — Ordinarily, the news that a long overdue memorial to an historic American leader has been put on hold still again would come as a disappointment. But if you’ve seen the innocuous design for an Eisenhower memorial in the nation’s … 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

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 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

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