The Continuing Struggles of the Proposed Eisenhower Memorial

By on March 20, 2013.

The stuggles continue for the proposed Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C. A hearing on Tuesday further magnified the debate with various parties advocating everything from changes to the already altered design ro a complete redesign. One of the biggest issues, however, is that the $60 million budget is mostly used or spoken for. From the Washington Post:

The hearing came almost a year after significant changes to architect Frank Gehry’s design were unveiled in attempt to reach consensus among critics of the concept, including the Eisenhower family and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, which has approved the plans. Legislation introduced by the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation calls for a new design competition and a three-year extension of the memorial-site designation, which is set to expire this year.

In Congress, there is little stomach for additional budget to fund a redesign, however, there is still concern as to the $142 million required for construction.

We believe that the design has clearly missed the mark, but that making all parties happy is also an endeavor doomed for failure.  Hopefully, this is one worthwhile initiative that the Congressional committee can come together and agree upon how to proceed.

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