Congress Aids the Impending Doom of Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial


Congress budget cuts have officially stalled ’s controversial Eisenhower Memorial, according to a recent report, rejecting $49 million in construction funds and cutting the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s annual budget in half. Unless the commission is able to raise a substantial amount of private funds, as well as win support from the Eisenhower family (which is doubtful), Gehry’s “grandiose” memorial is unlikely to ever break ground. Despite this, the commission’s director is optimistic, stating that the FDR Memorial took nearly 45 years to get built. You can read more about the controversy here.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Congress Aids the Impending Doom of Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial" 10 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Paul Harding, FAIA

    Abandoning this design is not a bad solution. I admire many of Frank Gehry’s buildings, however this design is quite bombastic and inappropriate. If one looks at the circumstance of Ike’s life, his values, and the site, the proposed project is dreadful. Frank Gehry should be given another opportunity in another location in Washington for this memorial.