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

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

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

Politico: GSA Role in Ike Memorial Scrutinized

Politico published an excellent overview of the latest Eisenhower Memorial controversy: GSA Role in Ike Memorial Scrutinized By: Puja Murgai April 17, 2012 11:20 PM EDT As Congress’s inquiry into the General Services Administration’s conference spending heats up, critics of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial design are questioning whether there was fancy footwork in choosing … Read more

NCAS Calls Attention to Conspicuous Gap in Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s Meeting Minutes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2012 CONTACT:[email protected](202) 670-1776 National Civic Art Society Calls Attention to Conspicuous Gap in the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s Meeting Minutes The National Civic Art Society, which has been leading the fight to stop the proposed design for the Eisenhower Memorial and seeks a new open, transparent, and democratic competition for the design of the Memorial, … Read more

WaPo’s Philip Kennicott: Eisenhower Memorial Is Dehumanizing, “May Read as Soviet”

Philip Kennicott, the Washington Post’s culture critic, has been one of only two critics to wholeheartedly defend Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial (the other being Witold Rybczynski). However, Kennicott appears to have forgotten what he wrote about the design in 2010, as was pointed out in this published letter to the editor by Justin Shubow, … 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

L.A. Newspaper: Ike Memorial Is “Dumbed-Down and Infantile”

Greg Crosby published an article in the Tolucan Times, a Los Angeles-area newspaper, critiquing the Eisenhower Memorial design: Do They Really Like Ike? By Greg Crosby on April 5th, 2012 The wisdom has always been that history is written by the winners of wars. And today it appears that it works the same way for the culture wars … 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