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Eisenhower memorial critics advance bill


A rendering of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. (Courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP, 2012)

Efforts to scrap the plan for a memorial to Dwight Eisenhower on the National Mall designed by uber-architect Frank Gehry advanced on Wednesday, with a House committee passing legislation that would essentially take the project back to the drawing board.

The bill’s author, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), who chairs the public-lands subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee, is apparently no fan of the Gehry design, though his measure focused on the process used to select and develop it, which he says should have been more open to other architects.

But the commission seems to be proceeding apace, regardless of threats from the Hill. Our colleague, the great Phil Kennicott recently wrote that the panel this month released a part of the memorial’s video component and announced the quotations it is considering using on the memorial.

The bill’s fate is murky — it’s unclear whether House leaders have any appetite for bringing it to the floor for a vote, and it’s an even more distant prospect that the Senate would then follow suit.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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