Free Beacon: Fundraising Woes Continue for Eisenhower Memorial

The Free Beacon reports: Fundraising Woes Continue for Eisenhower Memorial Controversial design by Frank Gehry has raised at most $4.7 million in five years BY: Blake Seitz April 26, 2016 2:00 pm  Five years after the Eisenhower Memorial Commission began spending big bucks on a private fundraising campaign, the group has raised from private sources a … Read more

Daily Beast: Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Does not Befit the President’s Humility

Nicolaus Mills, who wrote the authoritative book on the National World War II Memorial, comments in the Daily Beast: Disputed Vision: It’s D-Day for Ike’s Memorial 02.15.16 12:00 AM ET The battle over plans for a Washington memorial to Dwight Eisenhower drags on, but meanwhile more and more of the Greatest Generation fades away each … 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

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Editorial: Bob Dole Is Wrong: Ike’s Memorial Should Be Done Right, Not Rushed

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial board writes: Do It Right Bob Dole has a new project. Long a champion of this country’s veterans, his own withered arm says more about his wartime service and sacrifice than any statue could. Now he’s leading a peacetime campaign to get the long-planned Eisenhower Memorial in Washington finished while he … 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

Stars and Stripes: WWI Memorial Shows How to Redesign Ike’s

Sam Roche, of the organization Right by Ike, writes in Stars and Stripes: Organizers of the stalled presidential memorial to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower should look to another memorial’s example to get their own tribute back on track. Last month a newly authorized federal commission announced plans to complete a World War I Memorial two blocks … 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

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

Providence Journal: Build a Real Memorial to Eisenhower

From the David Brussat, who sits on the editorial board of the Providence Journal: Build a Real Memorial to Eisenhower By David Brussat April 23, 2014 03:41 PM The horizon keeps receding for Frank Gehry’s notion of what a memorial to Dwight Eisenhower should look like. The other day his design was rejected by the … Read more

Washington Post: Planning Commission Goes to War with Gehry Over Eisenhower Memorial

The Washington Post reports: Planning commission goes to war with Gehry Partners over Eisenhower Memorial design  By Katherine Boyle, Published: April 3 The National Capital Planning Commission voted 7 to 3 to disapprove the design and building plans for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. The commission accepted the NCPC executive director’s recommendation that Gehry Partners’ design … Read more

AP: Federal Commission Rejects Frank Gehry’s Design for Eisenhower Memorial

The Associated Press reports: Panel Rejects Design for Eisenhower Memorial By BRETT ZONGKER — Apr. 3, 2014 6:30 PM EDT A federal commission that oversees plans for monuments in the nation’s capital voted Thursday to reject the current design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower, sending the concept back to its architects for … 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

Roll Call & Washington Post: Eisenhower Commission Suffers Another Huge Setback; Memorial Further Delayed

At the last second, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission withdrew the Memorial from the September meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission, a federal agency that has yet to give the project preliminary approval. The Eisenhower Commission pulled out at the last second because the NCPC’s official Executive Director Recommendation devastatingly denied approving the design. You … Read more

New Yorker Mag: “Reboot” the Ike Memorial; “In True Bipartisan Spirit, Almost Everyone Hates It”

Jeffery Frank, author of the new book Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage, comments for The New Yorker: March 25, 2013 Rescuing the Eisenhower Memorial By Jeffrey Frank On the anniversary of President Eisenhower’s first Inauguration, he went to Fort McNair, which was nearby, to have lunch with some Army pals. His … 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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2013 CONTACT:[email protected](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

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

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

Stars and Stripes: Colonel Who Served Under Eisenhower Calls for New Memorial Competition

Writing for Stars and Stripes, Ralph Hauenstein, a retired army colonel who served under General Eisenhower in WWII as chief of the Intelligence Branch in the European theater, calls for scrapping Frank Gehry’s avant-garde design in favor of a new competition: Honoring Ike – a veteran’s perspective A memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower should reflect the values and qualities that … Read more