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

National Civic Art Society Decries Manipulated Images in Eisenhower Memorial Marketing Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 National Civic Art Society Decries Manipulated Images in Eisenhower Memorial Marketing Campaign Desperate for public support for the highly unpopular design of the National Eisenhower Memorial, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission has launched a website called “Ike 2012” (http://www.iLikeIke2012.com). A mock presidential campaign, it pretends that the former president is … Read more

Eisenhower Memorial Materials Testing Suggests it Is Impermanent and a Trap for Debris

A study which has since disappeared from the National Capital Planning Commission’s website concludes that materials for the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial may be impermanent and a trap for unsightly debris. The law requires that the Eisenhower Memorial be permanent and durable. The National Civic Art Society has republished the missing report at http://www.eisenhowermemorial.net/docs/NCPC_eisenhower_memorial_tapestry_testing.pdf [24 … Read more

Stars and Stripes: Critics Continue Assault on Eisenhower Memorial Design

Stars and Stripes reports: Critics Continue Assault on Eisenhower Memorial Design By C.J. Lin Published: September 18, 2012 Critics of the planned memorial honoring former President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington D.C. continued their assault on the design by famed architect Frank Gehry on Tuesday, calling instead for a smaller memorial within an urban park … Read more

National Review: Monstrosity by the Mall

National Review published a learned and insightful article by architecture critic Catesby Leigh: Monstrosity by the Mall June 21, 2012 12:00 A.M. By Catesby Leigh Back in 2004, the National Gallery of Art hosted a scholarly symposium to explore the wonders of its East Building, which earlier that year the American Institute of Architects had honored … Read more

Human Events: Eisenhower Memorial a “Monumental Mistake”

Human Events published a comprehensive front page story on the Eisenhower Memorial controversy: MONUMENTAL MISTAKE View of the Eisenhower Memorial from the historic Maryland Avenue cartway. Image courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP, May 2012 By: Audrey Hudson 6/19/2012 02:30 PM It has been described as sentimental kitsch, a “McMonument” flanked by Soviet-style iron curtains with towering … Read more

WTOP: Congress Enters Eisenhower Memorial Debate

WTOP radio reports: Congress enters Eisenhower memorial debate Saturday – 6/2/2012, 7:45am  ET WASHINGTON – Congress is wading into the dispute over the memorial for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is expected to be built near the National Mall. The Eisenhower family doesn’t like Frank Gehry’s design, even after changes, and California Rep. Darrell Issa … Read more

National Civic Art Society Announces Statement On the Revised Eisenhower Memorial Design

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2012 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 National Civic Art Society Statement On the Revised Eisenhower Memorial Design On May 15th, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission unveiled Frank Gehry’s revised Eisenhower Memorial design. Unfortunately, members of the public were not allowed to speak at the meeting, further confirming the undemocratic nature of this memorial design process. Mr. Gehry’s absence was … 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 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

Architectural Record: “Will the Frank Gehry-Designed Ike Memorial Ever Get Built?”

Architectural Record, perhaps the most influential magazine in the field, published an article on the growing opposition to Frank Gehry’s 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 … Read more

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2012 CONTACT: [email protected] or (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

NCAS: The Problems with Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial

Writing for First Things magazine, Erik Bootsma and Eric Wind, who serve on the Board of Directors of the National Civic Art Society, detailed the numerous flaws in Frank Gehry’s avant-garde Eisenhower Memorial: Over the past year, “starchitect” Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on the National Mall, has been the subject of … 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

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

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

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