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Federal Panel Rejects Eisenhower Memorial Design

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

A federal commission that oversees monuments in the nation's capital has voted to reject the current design of the Eisenhower Memorial.

The National Capital Planning Commission voted 7-3 on Thursday to accept a staff report opposing the current design. The commission's objections focused primarily on the scale and placement of columns that would hold large tapestries framing the memorial park.

Architect Frank Gehry has proposed large metal tapestries depicting the Kansas landscape of Ike's boyhood home. Statues of Eisenhower as president and World War II general would stand at the park's center.

The commission is now directing the memorial designers to return every two months with updates.

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