The Federalist: Only Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Can Stop the Eisenhower Memorial

Catesby Leigh writes in The Federalist: 3 Reasons The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Design Is A Disgrace To America Frank Gehry’s hideous design has finally cleared the last official review-board hurdle. A groundbreaking ceremony is set for November 2. Only one man can end this travesty.   By Catesby Leigh OCTOBER 12, 2017   A few years ago, … Read more

Photos of Hideous Eisenhower Memorial Tapestry Mockup

On September 20, 2017, a mockup of the Eisenhower Memorial steel “tapestry” was hung on site in front of the Department of Education Building in Washington, D.C. Each panel of the mockup was 3′ X 15′. There will be 600 (!) such panels in the entire tapestry, which is 80′ X 440′. Here are some … Read more

Weekly Standard: Ike Would’ve Hated His Proposed Memorial

Alice B. Lloyd wrote in the Weekly Standard: Drunk History Frank Gehry’s proposed Eisenhower monument is an impressionistic metal-wrought doodle of the cliffs of Normandy. Ike would have hated it. 12:11 PM, SEP 22, 2017 | By ALICE B. LLOYD “It looks like tin foil balled up and woven through bubble wrap,” observes Katrina Bridges, 52, a … Read more

The American Conservative: Eisenhower Memorial Carried Forward by Resignation Not Momentum

Micah Meadowcraft writes for The American Conservative: Will Eisenhower Ever Have a Fitting Memorial? By MICAH MEADOWCROFT • March 8, 2017, 12:00 AM Few seem to really like it, but for now it seems to be limping along to somewhere. That sentiment describes the latest chapter in the saga of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. It was commissioned … 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

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

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

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: Eisenhower Memorial Stuck in Neutral

Roll Call reports: Eisenhower Memorial Stuck in Neutral By Hannah Hess Roll Call Staff Nov. 25, 2013, 3:55 p.m. It’s been 14 years since Congress determined that a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower was needed, but the question of how to do right by Ike continues to confound. An urban park, dreamed up by … 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

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] or (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

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

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

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

Boston Globe’s Architecture Critic: Eisenhower Memorial Design Should Be Scrubbed

Robert Campbell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Boston Globe, wrote a hard-hitting article detailing numerous irredemiable flaws in Frank Gehry’s avant-garde design for the Eisenhower Memorial. It’s way too big. It’s too cartoony. Someone should scrub the design and start over. It’s the proposal for a memorial to Dwight Eisenhower, the World War … Read more

TriCities: Eisenhower Memorial Is a Monumental Headache

Marcia Mercer writes at TriCities: On Veterans Day 1954, President Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower and his family – brothers, wife, son and grandchildren – gathered in Abilene, Kan., for the dedication of the Eisenhower boyhood home and museum. Ike emphasized that the museum would focus on promoting good citizenship. Nothing else, he stressed, “could ever … 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

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

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