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Critics of the Eisenhower memorial are taking to task renowned architect Frank Gehry, whom they say is being lavished with expensive star treatment for his services and whose design has failed to meet the original aesthetic goals set for the project. (associated press)

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Architect Frank Gehry and others look over his design for the Eisenhower Memorial on the eastern end of the Mall at the National Building Museum on Thursday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Architect Frank Gehry and others look over his design for the Eisenhower Memorial on the eastern end of the Mall at the National Building Museum on Thursday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Architect Frank Gehry explained that the design for the Eisenhower memorial was meant to capture the arc of the president's life, from his humble beginnings in Abilene, Kan., through his military and political service. He has made changes to the design after criticism from Eisenhower family members. (Andrew Harnik, The Washington Times) Gallery, washingtontimes.com/multimedia.

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Architect Frank Gehry explained that the design for the Eisenhower memorial was meant to capture the arc of the president's life, from his humble beginnings in Abilene, Kan., through his military and political service. He has made changes to the design after criticism from Eisenhower family members. (Andrew Harnik, The Washington Times) Gallery, washingtontimes.com/multimedia.

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Daniel J. Feil, executive architect of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, and Susan Banes Harris, who heads the commission's architecture committee, view architect Frank Gehry's model of the controversial Eisenhower Memorial. (Associated Press)

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This model image, provided by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, depicts the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial to be built on the Mall. The family of Eisenhower, the 34th president, still objects to elements of its design. (Associated Press)

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This model image, provided by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, depicts the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial to be built on the Mall. The family of Eisenhower, the 34th president, still objects to elements of its design. (Associated Press)

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This model image, provided by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, depicts the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial to be built on the Mall. The family of Eisenhower, the 34th president, still objects to elements of its design. (Associated Press)

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Susan Eisenhower (left) and Anne Eisenhower, granddaughters of President Eisenhower, listen to testimony on Capitol Hill on Tuesday during the House subcommittee on national parks, forests and public lands hearing on the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on the National Mall. (Associated Press)

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An artist's rendering shows part of the design for the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial on the Mall, including an image of Eisenhower as president studying a globe. New images give more details about the memorial but have not quelled criticism. (Gehry Partners via Associated Press)

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An artist's rendering shows part of the design for the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial on the Mall, including an image of Eisenhower as president studying a globe. New images give more details about the memorial but have not quelled criticism. (Gehry Partners via Associated Press)