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Congressman asks for delay in Eisenhower Memorial

February 10, 2012

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This artist rendering provided by the Eisenhower Commission shows a model for the national memorial to be built in Washington for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's family wants to halt the planning of a memorial honoring the 34th president because they object to the design.

This artist rendering provided by the Eisenhower Commission shows a model for the national memorial to be built in Washington for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's family wants to halt the planning of a memorial honoring the 34th president because they object to the design.

— Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf is asking a federal panel to reject architect Frank Gehry's design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington.

In a letter Friday to the National Capital Planning Commission, Wolf cites the Eisenhower family's objections to the design. He says he is worried the approval process is being rushed and won't have public support.

Last month, The Associated Press reported the Eisenhower family was asking the commission to delay any final approval and have the memorial redesigned.

Gehry has proposed a memorial park framed by large metal tapestries depicting Eisenhower's boyhood home in Kansas. Eisenhower as military hero and as president would be represented in stone on a smaller scale.

The family says the design overemphasizes "Ike's" humble roots and neglects his accomplishments.

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1983Hawk 2 years, 2 months ago

The family is also reportedly upset that the design didn't emphasize enough how Ike was not a partisan politician by today's standards and in fact worked quite well with LBJ throughout the 1950s.

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