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Construction Begins on Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC

Construction Begins on Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC
Construction Begins on Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC, © Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
© Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The Frank Gehry-designed Eisenhower Memorial has finally broken ground in Washington DC following a tumultuous years-long approval process.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday at the National Mall site, located at the intersection of Maryland and Independence Avenues and across from the National Air and Space Museum.

© Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission © Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission © Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission © Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission + 4

© Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
© Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

“This project has been an enormous honor for me both professionally and personally. I was sixteen years old when Eisenhower defeated the Nazis and led America to victory in WWII. I had lost thirty-three members of my family in the camps, so his victory was all the more meaningful to me,” commented Gehry following the event.

“His leadership in peacetime was as inspiring. He led the country with strength, but also with great humanity and humility. I hope that these values are captured in the memorial, and that it will be a place to honor and to learn from one of the greatest heroes that the world has ever known.”

© Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
© Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
© Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
© Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

Honoring the United States’ 34th president, the memorial is conceived as a park-like setting featuring a 25-meter-tall columns supporting a series of woven metal tapestries depicting scenes from Eisenhower’s hometown of Abilene, Kansas. Stacked stone blocks will also display sculptures and reliefs of key moments from Eisenhower’s legacy.

The memorial is expected to completed in time for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on May 8, 2020.

Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial One Step Closer to Realization After Finally Receiving Family Support

After years of steadfast disapproval of the proposed design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Eisenhower family has finally voiced their support for the Frank Gehry designed park and monument - once a few more minor changes are made.

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Cite: Patrick Lynch. "Construction Begins on Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC" 03 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/882930/construction-begins-on-frank-gehrys-eisenhower-memorial-in-washington-dc/> ISSN 0719-8884