Gehry Wins Eisenhower Memorial Commission

Frank Gehry, and his firm, Gehry Partners, have beat out the other finalists for the new Eisenhower Memorial, which will sit near the National Mall. The other finalists included Rogers Marvel Architects, Berkeley-based landscape architect Peter Walker and Partners, and the Chicago firm Krueck & Sexton Architects. (Interestingly, only one landscape architecture firm was among the finalists. However, EDAW is part of the Gehry team’s winning proposal).

According to The L.A. Times, the Eisenhower Memorial will be a 4-acre site across Independence Avenue from the National Air and Space Museum, the most-visited museum on the Mall. “It’s a landscape and urban design project as much as an architectural one. Featuring a number of covered outdoor displays but no permanent museum, it is projected to cost between USD 90 million and 120 million.”

Unfortunately, no details (or photos) of the Gehry plans have been revealed because the selection remains ‘preliminary.’ The L.A. Times also sees a L.A. connection between the commission and Gehry’s selection. “The General Services Administration in Washington, which administered the competition, stresses that it remains preliminary — the architect’s selection has given the project a decided Los Angeles flavor. The chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission is Rocco C. Siciliano, who has held leading trustee positions at the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.”

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Go to the Eisenhower Memorial web site

One thought on “Gehry Wins Eisenhower Memorial Commission

  1. Daniel Jost 04/14/2009 / 5:53 pm

    Eisenhower was a practical guy- building highways, etc. Wouldn’t he be better memorialized by actually revitalizing one of the parks in downtown DC? Or maybe building one of those cool parks that connects over a highway?

    New development has sprung up all over DC but many of our parks look like they were last funded in the late 1970s.

    If half as much money went into building parks and plazas as goes into memorials in this town, it would be a much better place to live. Not that there’s no place for commemoration, but a city cannot live on commemoration alone.

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