National Civic Art Society Testifies in Congress in Favor of a New Eisenhower Memorial Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 On Tuesday March 19th, National Civic Art Society President Justin Shubow testified before the House Subcommittee on Public Lands on a proposed bill for a new competition for the National Memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, now estimated to cost $142 million. The proposed … 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 Reponds to AIA’s Letter to House Subcommittee Regarding the Eisenhower Memorial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2013 CONTACT: [email protected] or (202) 670-1776 Robert Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, submitted a letter to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Public Lands asserting that the trade organization opposes the bill proposed by Rep. Rob Bishop to scrap Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial. The letter … 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

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

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

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

Epoch Times: Classical Design Could Save Eisenhower Memorial

Evan Mantyk writes in the Epoch Times: New Design Could Save Troubled Eisenhower Monument   Modern design is stalled, classical vision is put forward December 23, 2012 NEW YORK—A planned monument to President Dwight Eisenhower in Washington, D.C., funded largely by taxpayer dollars, has been put off until next year amid controversy over the design. … 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

***Senator Inouye Questions How Ike Memorial Can Go Forward Over Eisenhower Family Opposition***

In major news, Senator Daniel Inouye, vice chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, has questioned whether Frank Gehry’s $142 million avant-garde design can go forward over opposition from the entire Eisenhower family. (Sen. Iouye’s full letter can be found here.) That opposition includes a recent letter by John S.D. Eisenhower, the former president’s son and … 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

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

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

Retired Air Force Colonel: Ike Memorial Fails Miserably

Writing for The Weekly Standard, a retired Air Force colonel calls the planned Eisenhower Memorial design a “monstrosity.” Ike—and Me Irving B. Schoenberg July 14, 2012 10:00 AM The memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed by architect Frank Gehry fails miserably to capture the essence of our 34th president. Bruce Cole’s article “Doing Right by Ike” … Read more

The Guardian: “A Memorial Is not a Biography in Stone”; Look to the Lincoln Memorial as a Model for Ike Memorial

The British Guardian newspaper published an excellent piece by Nicolaus Mills, a professor of American studies at Sarah Lawrence College and author of Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America’s Coming of Age as a Superpower: Rethinking the Eisenhower Memorial: what is a fitting tribute to Ike? The Frank Gehry design has proved controversial, … Read more

Former Chairman of NEH: Gehry’s Ike Memorial Design Is “Unintelligible”

In The Weekly Standard, Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, calls for scrapping Frank Gehry’s design for the Eisenhower Memorial: Doing Right by Ike Let’s give him the memorial he deserves. Bruce Cole July 2 – July 9, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 40 Only in Washington: After 12 years of study … 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

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