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

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

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

National Catholic Reporter: Ike Memorial Design “Deplorable”

Michael Sean Winterson writes at the National Catholic Reporter: There is a storm brewing in Washington and, mercifully, it has nothing to do with conscience protections. The design for a monument to President Dwight Eisenhower as come in for criticism, especially from Eisenhower’s family who think the architect, Frank Gehry, took one line for a … Read more

Politico: Memorial Design Sparks Monumental Controversy

Politico reported on the opposition to Frank Gehry’s ugly design for the Eisenhower Memorial: Memorial design sparks controversy By: Puja Murgai February 15, 2012 10:49 PM EST How should Dwight D. Eisenhower be remembered? As the Supreme Allied Commander of World War II? As the president of the United States who fostered an era of … Read more

Pulitzer-Prize Winner: Barefoot Boy Ike Statue “Discordant,” Indecorous

In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pulitzer-Prize winner David Shribman thoughtfully weighs in on the controversy regarding how President Eisenhower ought to be memorialized.  His article does an excellent job at placing Eisenhower in historical context. National Perspective: Which Ike to Like? By David Shribman  In World War II, he tamed America’s allies and conquered its adversaries. … 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

Better Cities & Towns: NCAS Report on the Eisenhower Memorial Is “Devastating”

At Better! Cities & Towns, one of the best publications devoted to urban planning, Philip Langdon penned what is perhaps the most thorough article yet on the flawed design of Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial: . . . The most scathing response to the design has been a 153-page report, “The Gehry Towers Over Eisenhower,” issued in … 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

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