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

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

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

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Diminishing Dwight Eisenhower in D.C. Memorial

Writing in The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Kevin O’Brien staunchly opposes Frank Gehry’s hideous design for the Eisenhower Memorial : Gehry’s plan is to depict Eisenhower as the “barefoot boy” growing up in Abilene, Kan., that the general referenced in a speech when he returned from the war. A sculpture of young Eisenhower would be shown marveling … Read more

Gehry’s “Ghastly” Eisenhower Memorial

George Weigel, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, today attacked Frank Gehry’s “ghastly” design for the Eisenhower Memorial.  He wrote in NRO: Introducing his two-volume biography of the 34th president of the United States, Stephen Ambrose offered a simple, and accurate, judgment: “Dwight Eisenhower was a great and good man. He was … Read more

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