Frank Gehry was ready to have his name removed from the project to design the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial after harsh criticism from the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. Gehry designed multiple versions of the memorial since 2010, and the concept design was finally approved Thursday by the Commission of Fine Arts after a revised design concept was endorsed by the National Capital Planning Commission. Now, estimates are being made for when ground breaking will begin in 2015. The design of the memorial includes 80-foot-tall columns and metal tapestries that will cover the entire southern edge of the site. The center of the memorial site includes stone images in bas relief depicting Eisenhower. The memorial will be located located in a four-acre parcel of land between Independence Avenue, Fourth and Sixth streets.
· Eisenhower Memorial Commission enters next phase with eye toward 2015 groundbreaking [WBJ]
· Eisenhower Memorial to consider plan that removes most of Frank Gehry's designs [Washington Post]
· Frank Gehry is Just So Done With the Eisenhower Memorial [Curbed]