Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Eisenhower memorial moving ahead, despite family's objections

This image shows the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington near the National Mall. The design has divided supporters and critics. 

Gehry Partners LLP

This image shows the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington near the National Mall. The design has divided supporters and critics. 

WASHINGTON — The design for a memorial to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, more than 10 years in the planning, has so divided supporters and critics that the commission created to build it gave up trying to find a compromise and defiantly voted Wednesday to proceed, despite the bitter opposition of the Eisenhower family.

The unanimous vote by the congressionally created commission was especially remarkable given the momentum behind a congressional effort to undo the controversial design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

In what was a sometimes awkward session in a Capitol Hill hearing room Wednesday, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission discussed the objections by the family after Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, a commissioner, read a letter from granddaughters Susan and Anne Eisenhower that said flatly, "The family could not support the current Gehry design" and would not engage in fundraising for the memorial.

The tug-of-war between the Eisenhowers and the commission centers on the approach taken by Gehry for the memorial.

As envisioned by Gehry, the proposed memorial is defined on three sides by large screens held by 80-foot pillars. They would be decorated with large trees made out of mesh metal.

There would be two large blocks, each with bas-reliefs. One would depict Eisenhower as president; the other would be an image representing the Normandy invasion. In the middle would be a statue of a teenage Eisenhower.

"This does not pass the memorialization test," said Susan Eisenhower in an interview.

Eisenhower memorial moving ahead, despite family's objections 06/19/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Tribune News Service.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. U.S. Pacific commander: Remains of sailors found on USS John McCain

    Military

    SINGAPORE — The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet says a number of remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the USS John McCain, a day after the warship's collision with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 sailors missing.

    The damaged port aft hull of USS John S. McCain, left, is seen while docked next to USS America at Singapore's Changi naval base on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 in Singapore. The focus of the search for 10 U.S. sailors missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters shifted Tuesday to the damaged destroyer's flooded compartments. [Associated Press]
  2. Florida education news: Solar eclipse, gender gap, new schools and more

    Blogs

    TOTAL ECLIPSE: More than 8,000 Hernando County students skip school after their school district gives them excused absences for the day. Students who …

    Students at Bayonet Point Middle School observe the solar eclipse Monday through their special eclipse glasses.
  3. Epilogue: Martin Giles a man of few, but strong, words for WFLA-AM 970

    Obituaries

    As the story goes, his higher-ups at the Misawa Air Base in Japan were clear with their edict to Martin Giles: It was only the mid-1950s, not far enough away from World War II for the Japanese to be trusted.

    Martin Giles, a longtime radio news anchor for WFLA-AM 970, died last week at the age of 80.
  4. Forecast: Minimal rain, for now, as hot temperatures prevail across Tampa Bay

    Weather

    Tampa Bay residents can expect a calm, rain-free start to Tuesday before showers arrive in the evening.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]