Eisenhower memorial passes another test

Commission of Fine Arts OKs design with suggestions for further tweaking

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More than $60 million has been appropriated for the memorial since it was approved by President Clinton in 1999, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission has requested an additional $51 million for construction costs for its fiscal 2014 budget.

An analysis released last week by the Congressional Budget Office concluded that scrapping the current design and developing a new plan would cost $17 million.

The design plans still require approval from the National Capital Planning Commission and the memorial itself must be reauthorized by Congress.

Eisenhower graduated from West Point and served in World War I before becoming the commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces during World War II. He served as president from 1953 to 1961.

Commission members suggested one bas relief should protrude farther out from the sculpture wall to better show Eisenhower as president surrounded by supporters.

Mr. Gehry said in looking through photographs and talking with people familiar with Eisenhower he learned that the man “was much more comfortable in a group of people.”

“It’s all about how to relate people in the park to the statuary reliefs,” he said. “We’re trying to be informal yet monumental.”

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