The New Republic: Ike Memorial Design “Bombastic and Silly”

Writing for The New Republic, historian Geoffrey Kabaservice vehemently opposes the planned design for the Eisenhower Memorial: With its 80-foot-high smokestack columns towering over a four-acre site whose only representation of its subject would be a statue showing him as a barefoot boy, the current design for the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial in Washington, … 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

George Will: Eisenhower Memorial Misses the Man

Writing in the Washington Post, George F. Will joins the chorus opposing the design for the Eisenhower Memorial.  He also emphasizes why Eisenhower deserves a national memorial.  (For more on why Eisenhower has been underrated, see also Fred I. Greenstein’s excellent book The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader.): Eisenhower Memorial Misses the Man By George … 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

Chicago Tribune: Richard Driehaus Does Battle Against Eisenhower Memorial Design

Blair Kamin reports at the Chicago Tribune that Richard Driehaus, one of the world’s staunchest supporters of traditional architecture, is fighting Frank Gehry’s avant-garde design for the national Eisenhower Memorial: Chicago investment manager and philanthropist Richard Driehaus is in the news this morning, not because he’s building a building, but because he’s putting his name on one. … Read more

Leon Krier: Eisenhower Memorial Design Is an XXL Anti-Monument

World-famous architect Leon Krier–an expert on Washington, D.C.’s architecture and urban planning–published a piercingly intelligent critique of the design for the Eisenhower Memorial in Metropolis Magazine: Eisenhower Memorial, Washington, D.C. By Leon Krier Image from designboom The Eisenhower Memorial competition and project have stirred a remarkable polemic, the center of which is not President Eisenhower … 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

Foreign Policy Magazine: “Who Likes Ike? Not Frank Gehry”

Writing for Foreign Policy, Stephen W. Walt, the esteemed professor of international relations at Harvard, scathingly reviews Frank Gehry’s avant-garde design for the Eisenhower Memorial. Who Likes Ike? Not Frank Gehry The family of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower is now weighing in against renowned architect Frank Gehry’s proposed design for an Eisenhower Memorial on … 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

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

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

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

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Diminishing Dwight Eisenhower in D.C. Memorial

Writing in The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Kevin O’Brien staunchly opposes Frank Gehry’s hideous design for the Eisenhower Memorial : Gehry’s plan is to depict Eisenhower as the “barefoot boy” growing up in Abilene, Kan., that the general referenced in a speech when he returned from the war. A sculpture of young Eisenhower would be shown marveling … Read more

Eisenhower Family Letter Calls for a Halt to the Ike Memorial

The National Civic Art Society today obtained copies of the letters the Eisenhower family sent yesterday to the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) calling for a halt to the authorization of the Eisenhower Memorial.   A scan of the letters obtained from NCPC can be found here. The family’s criticisms of the Memorial echo those … Read more

AP Wire: Eisenhower Family Asks to Delay Ike Memorial

According to the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s family wants a memorial in the nation’s capital redesigned, saying the current plans overemphasize his humble Kansas roots and neglect his accomplishments in World War II and the White House. Architect Frank Gehry has proposed a memorial park framed by large metal tapestries … Read more

Gehry’s “Ghastly” Eisenhower Memorial

George Weigel, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, today attacked Frank Gehry’s “ghastly” design for the Eisenhower Memorial.  He wrote in NRO: Introducing his two-volume biography of the 34th president of the United States, Stephen Ambrose offered a simple, and accurate, judgment: “Dwight Eisenhower was a great and good man. He was … Read more

National Civic Art Society Publishes its Report on Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

We are proud to announce the publication of The Gehry Towers Over Eisenhower: The National Civic Art Society Report on Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial by Justin Shubow.  Extensively researched and documented, the report is being distributed to Congress and other interested parties. Among our explosive findings: The Eisenhower family opposes Frank Gehry’s design for the … Read more

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