The horizon keeps receding for Frank Gehry’s notion of what a memorial to Dwight Eisenhower should look like. The other day his design was rejected by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) for narrowing the view corridor down Maryland Avenue to the U.S. Capitol.
Recently, the U.S. Congress slashed a $51 million request by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission (created by Congress in 1999) to $1 million, blocking money for construction and leaving the memorial commission with, as an editorial in The Weekly Standard put it, “barely enough money to pay the electric bill and tip the cleaning lady.”
The Eisenhower family has remained adamant that the gargantuan scale of the Gehry design violates the general’s personal sense of humility and that its features disrespect his military and political achievements.
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