Eisenhower's Family Objects to Memorial Design

Frank Gehry's proposal puts too much focus on Kansas roots, they say
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2012 8:15 PM CST
Eisenhower's Family Objects to Memorial Design
This artist rendering provided by the Eisenhower Commission on Oct. 6 shows a model for the national memorial in Washington for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.   (AP Photo/Eisenhower Commission)

(Newser) – A memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower is scheduled to be unveiled on the Washington Mall in 2015, but first a thorny dispute needs to be resolved between Eisenhower's family and renowned architect Frank Gehry. Ike's relatives think Gehry's design—which features a statue of Eisenhower as boy in Kansas looking out on vistas of his future accomplishments—as a country bumpkin. They are demanding changes before the project moves forward, and Gehry has yet to comment publicly, notes the New York Times. (The AP had a similar story last month.)

story continues below

“He was chief of staff of the Army; he was a two-term president of the United States,” says a granddaughter, Susan Eisenhower. “It’s in those roles that America has gratitude for him, not as being a young boy with a great future in front of him.” The National Capital Planning Commission, which must sign off on the design, has received a letter from the relatives and said only that it "appreciates the comments provided by the Eisenhower family." Groundbreaking is scheduled to start this year. (Read more Dwight Eisenhower stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.