NCPC Commissioners “Puzzled” by Eisenhower Memorial Design Changes

CurbedDC reports: NCPC ‘puzzled’ by Eisenhower Memorial design changes, approves project anyway Further criticisms included that the new design is “confused, illegible, and weak” BY MICHELLE GOLDCHAIN FEB 2, 2017, 2:45PM EST This Thursday, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) reviewed three design modifications made to the planned Eisenhower Memorial, arrived at with the support … Read more

58 Generals, Admirals Sign Letter Opposing Design of Eisenhower Memorial

The Free Beacon reports: 58 Generals, Admirals Sign Letter Opposing Design of Eisenhower Memorial Seek a memorial that ‘unites rather than divides’ BY: Blake Seitz September 13, 2016 5:20 pm Fifty-eight generals and admirals signed a letter calling for a new design competition for the Dwight Eisenhower memorial in Washington, D.C. The letter was delivered last … Read more

WaPo: It’s Time for a Do-Over for the Eisenhower Memorial

Sam Roche comments in the Washington Post: A Do-Over for Ike: Scrap the Pricey Memorial Design and Hold a Public Competition By Sam Roche February 12 at 1:48 PM Congress may not be very popular these days, but lawmakers are reining in at least one runaway government program on the public’s behalf: a long-delayed memorial to Dwight D. … 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

George Will: The Proposed Eisenhower Memorial Is a Monstrosity

George F. Will published the following column in the Washington Post: The Proposed Eisenhower Memorial Is a Monstrosity By George F. Will August 19, 2015 We could wearily shrug, say “Oh, well,” and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. But long after its perpetrators are gone, … Read more

National Review: Congress Needs to Kill Frank Gehry’s Awful Eisenhower Memorial Once and For All

Architecture critic Catesby Leigh comments for National Review: Congress Needs to Kill Frank Gehry’s Awful Eisenhower Memorial Once and For All For thousands of years, erecting a monument to a great personage or event has involved creating a structure with a powerful physical as well as symbolic presence. The monument might be architectural, sculptural, or … 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

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

National Civic Art Society, Represented by Jones Day, Obtains Eisenhower Memorial Competition Docs Via FOIA

[For media coverage of this announcement, see Roll Call’s story “House Appropriations Investigators Probing Eisenhower Memorial Commission.”] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2014 CONTACT:[email protected](202) 670-1776 Permalink: http://www.eisenhowermemorial.net/national-civic-art-society-represented-by-jones-day-obtains-eisenhower-memorial-competition-docs-via-foia National Civic Art Society, Represented by Jones Day, Obtains Eisenhower Memorial Competition Docs Via FOIA On Wednesday, the global law firm Jones Day announced an important victory in the National … 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

Roll Call: It’s Time to Bury Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

Originally published by Roll Call: It’s Time to Bury Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial | Commentary By Justin Shubow Feb. 3, 2014, 1:20 p.m.  The Eisenhower Memorial is dead. Not the memorial itself, but the wildly unpopular design by Frank Gehry. The decisive blow is Congress’ 2014 budget, which denied the $49 million in construction funds … Read more

AP: Congress Says No to Eisenhower Memorial Funding

The Associated Press reports: Congress Says No to Eisenhower Memorial Funding BRETT ZONGKER — Jan. 17, 2014 3:21 PM EST Funding requested to begin building the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial near the National Mall has been eliminated in a spending deal passed by Congress, while lawmakers restored funding for other national arts and cultural … Read more

*** President Obama Appoints National Civic Art Society Advisor Bruce Cole to Eisenhower Memorial Commission ***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 President Obama Appoints National Civic Art Society Advisor Bruce Cole to Eisenhower Memorial Commission The National Civic Art Society applauds President Barack Obama for appointing Bruce Cole to the Commission overseeing the construction of the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.  Cole has strongly opposed Frank … Read more

NCAS Slams Ike Memorial at Fine Arts Commission, Says Central Statue Belongs in a Snow-globe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2013 CONTACT:[email protected](202) 670-1776 National Civic Art Society Slams Ike Memorial at Fine Arts Commission, Says Central Statue Belongs in a Snow-globe On Thursday, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts–the federal agency tasked with protecting the aesthetics of the National Mall–took up the planned National Eisenhower Memorial. (For news stories on the event, … Read more

Eisenhower Memorial Design Receives Major Setback as National Capital Planning Commission Delays Review Again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 Eisenhower Memorial Design Receives Major Setback as National Capital Planning Commission Again Delays Review In another resounding setback for Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) yet again has delayed its review of the proposed avant-garde design. The Eisenhower Memorial Commission … Read more

Ike Memorial Design Testing Shows Govt. Materials Experts Have Serious Concerns About Durability and Cleanliness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 [See also the press release on an earlier NCPC technical report here.] Eisenhower Memorial Design Testing Shows Government Materials Experts Have Serious Concerns About the Memorial’s Durability and Cleanliness The National Capital Planning Commission today released the latest technical report on the planned national … 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

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

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