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

Tolucan Times: Do They Really Like Ike?

The Tolucan Times, a Los Angeles-are newspaper, published the following opinion piece: 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 as well. Regarding the proposed … 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 Hill: “Deconstruct” the Eisenhower Memorial Committee

Bernie Quigley writes for The Hill: ‘Deconstruct’ the Eisenhower memorial committee By Bernie Quigley – 03/21/12 09:47 AM ET Dwight D. Eisenhower was as elementary to our lives as the five-star highways are today. He was a man like Ulysses S. Grant and Lord Nelson, but he did not strive to be. Hear Nelson declaring that … Read more

Times of Trenton: Eisenhower Memorial “Anti-Heroic,” “Pedestrian”

The Times of Trenton (New Jersey) published the following excellent op-ed: Opinion: The brilliance of Dwight D. Eisenhower Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6:38 AM By Gregory J. Sullivan “Eisenhower was not a political sophisticate; he was a political genius.”— Garry Wills The gathering storm of opposition over the anti-heroic design by Frank Gehry for … Read more

Kearney Hub (of Nebraska) Rejects Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Design

The Kearney Hub of Nebraska editorializes: Ike earned his memorial, but make it fit the man Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 2:30 pm | Updated: 8:44 pm, Sun Apr 29, 2012. We don’t claim to be culturally deft, but we do have a sense for the accomplishments of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme allied commander … 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

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

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

George Will: Eisenhower Memorial Misses the Man

Writing in the Washington Post, George F. Will joins the chorus opposing the design for the Eisenhower Memorial.  He also emphasizes why Eisenhower deserves a national memorial.  (For more on why Eisenhower has been underrated, see also Fred I. Greenstein’s excellent book The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader.): Eisenhower Memorial Misses the Man By George … Read more

National Catholic Reporter: Ike Memorial Design “Deplorable”

Michael Sean Winterson writes at the National Catholic Reporter: There is a storm brewing in Washington and, mercifully, it has nothing to do with conscience protections. The design for a monument to President Dwight Eisenhower as come in for criticism, especially from Eisenhower’s family who think the architect, Frank Gehry, took one line for a … 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

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

Pulitzer-Prize Winner: Barefoot Boy Ike Statue “Discordant,” Indecorous

In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pulitzer-Prize winner David Shribman thoughtfully weighs in on the controversy regarding how President Eisenhower ought to be memorialized.  His article does an excellent job at placing Eisenhower in historical context. National Perspective: Which Ike to Like? By David Shribman  In World War II, he tamed America’s allies and conquered its adversaries. … Read more

American Spectator: “Design for the Eisenhower Memorial … an Insult to All Concerned”

The American Spectator magazine published a scathing critique of the planned memorial to President Eisenhower: A Monstrosity, Not a Monument Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington is an insult to all concerned. By Tom Bethell . . . The architect chosen to design the memorial is Frank Gehry and you surely have … Read more

Congressman Frank Wolf Calls for Rejecting Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Design

The Associated Press reports great news for everyone trying to slow down the Eisenhower Memorial freight train:  A Virginia congressman is asking a federal panel to reject an architect’s design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, noting that the World War II general’s family’s objections.In a letter Friday to the National … Read more

Better Cities & Towns: NCAS Report on the Eisenhower Memorial Is “Devastating”

At Better! Cities & Towns, one of the best publications devoted to urban planning, Philip Langdon penned what is perhaps the most thorough article yet on the flawed design of Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial: . . . The most scathing response to the design has been a 153-page report, “The Gehry Towers Over Eisenhower,” issued in … Read more

Foreign Policy Magazine: “Who Likes Ike? Not Frank Gehry”

Writing for Foreign Policy, Stephen W. Walt, the esteemed professor of international relations at Harvard, scathingly reviews Frank Gehry’s avant-garde design for the Eisenhower Memorial. Who Likes Ike? Not Frank Gehry The family of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower is now weighing in against renowned architect Frank Gehry’s proposed design for an Eisenhower Memorial on … Read more

Susan Eisenhower Rebuts Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s Executive Architect

Susan Eisenhower has written another important commentary ( about the ghastly planned memorial to her grandfather.  She responds to various claims made by Dan Feil, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s executive architect.

WORLD Mag: Proposed Eisenhower Memorial Reflects a Nation that Has Forgotten Greatness

WORLD magazine published a piercing critique of the planned  Eisenhower Memorial: Mystic chords: The Proposed Eisenhower Memorial Reflects a Nation that has Forgotten Greatness . . . The Eisenhower National Memorial was commissioned in 1999, but the design was not unveiled until late last year, to a mixed reception. Early in January the controversy exploded … Read more

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