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A prominent family, a famous architect, and Washington's historic cityscape are at the center of a controversy over the proposed Eisenhower memorial. The commission that selected Frank Gehry's design concept did so despite objections from the Eisenhower family and other vocal critics of the proposal. Yet every major monument in Washington, including the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, faced harsh critics initially. We explore the renewed debate over how we memorialize great Americans in the nation's capital.
Architect Frank Gehry speaks to the National Capital Planning Commission on his design team's direction for the Eisenhower memorial design in 2010: