National Civic Art Society to Testify in the U.S. House on a Bill to Scrap Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial


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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 be held at 10:00 a.m. in Longworth House Office Building Room 1324.

Citing “concerns over the controversial design and escalating funding needs of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial,” Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Public Lands has introduced HR 1126, the “Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion Act,” which is the subject of the hearing.

A press release from his office states that “Bishop’s legislation would implement a new design competition and eliminate nearly $100 million in future funding requested by the [Eisenhower Memorial] Commission.”

In related news, in their respective continuing resolutions, both the House and Senate zeroed out funding for the memorial’s capital construction. The memorial is expected to cost $142 million.

Shubow stated, “The National Civic Art Society is pleased that Congress recognizes Frank Gehry’s unpopular, grandiose design can no longer go forward. The people’s representatives are responding to the serious, substantive concerns we and many others have had about the project’s deconstructionist design, secretive process, exorbitant expense, and uncertain durability. These are the very concerns we have been calling attention to since 2011. It is finally time to hold a competition that is democratic, open, transparent, and fair. We believe that a new, dignified design—one that is harmonious with our Founders’ vision for the nation’s capital—will be built faster and more economically than Gehry’s design ever would be.”

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