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

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

Former U.S. Fine Arts Commissioner Looks Ahead to a Modest Statue Replacing Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

According to its self-description, “The [U.S.] Commission of Fine Arts, established in 1910 by Act of Congress, is charged with giving expert advice to the President, Congress and the heads of departments and agencies of the Federal and District of Columbia governments on matters of design and aesthetics, as they affect the Federal interest and … 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

Michael J. Lewis: Ike Memorial Fails as a Monument

Michael J. Lewis, a distinguished professor of art at Williams College, wrote a powerful essay on the decline in American monuments, including how Frank Gehry’s design of the Eisenhower Memorial serves as an example: The Decline of American Monuments and Memorials MICHAEL J. LEWIS, the Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art at Williams College, has taught American art and … Read more

NCAS to Co-Host Panel on the Role of Memorials in Civic Life

On May 18, 2012, the National Civic Art Society and AEI’s Program on American Citizenship will be hosting a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. on “Monumental Fights: The Role of Memorials in Civic Life.”  The event is free, but you must register to attend. If you can not attend, you can watch the event live … Read more

Roger K. Lewis in WaPo: Modernists Should Oppose Gehry’s Memorial, Too

Roger K. Lewis, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland, writes in the Washington Post that Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial ought to be opposed not just by those who prefer classical architecture but by Modernists as well: Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Design Needs to Be Rethought The Eisenhower Memorial Commission recently decided to … Read more

Roger Scruton: Gehry’s Memorial Is Intended to Belittle Eisenhower

Roger Scruton is one of the world’s most esteemed philosophers.  In particular, he is one of the leading philosophers of art and architecture.  See, for example, his books The Aesthetics of Architecture, The Classical Vernacular: Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism, and Beauty: A Very Short Introduction.  You can also watch his BBC documentary, Why Beauty … 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

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

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