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The proposed Eisenhower Memorial would be framed by 80-foot-tall metal tapestries.
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The proposed Eisenhower Memorial would be framed by 80-foot-tall metal tapestries.

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts gave approval to architect Frank Gehry's design for a planned national memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington.

The commission overseeing civic art and architecture in the capital reviewed Gehry's design on Thursday morning, giving its approval on a 3-1 vote. It's one of two panels that must approve the design, along with the National Capital Planning Commission, in order for the $142 million project to move forward.

The 14-year-old memorial project has been on hold for more than a year after Eisenhower's family and other groups raised objections to the design concept.

Gehry has proposed a memorial park with statues of Ike as president and World War II hero. The park would be framed by 80-foot-tall metal tapestries depicting the Kansas landscape of Eisenhower's boyhood home.

The commission advised that two of the side tapestries be removed, leaving only one serving as a backdrop.

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