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National Edition News cover for November 29, 2014 - $65M sunk into stalled memorial: A portion of a model of a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower is seen during a public meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, to discuss the continued controversy over Frank Gehry's design. Gehry is changing some elements of his design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington as memorial planners move toward seeking approvals to build the project. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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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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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, renowned architect Frank Gehry is seen in Washington. Gehry returns to a federal arts panel to try again to win approval for his design to build a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts has approved the general concept and sculptural elements, but some members have objected to part of Gehry's plan calling for metal tapestries to frame a memorial park. They also wanted to see further development of the landscaping plan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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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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Detail of Frank Gehry's design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial

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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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Al Geduldig, a member of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission speaks with architect Frank Gehry before Mr. Gehry delivered his design concept — including a cluster of sculptures (right) for the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial to the Commission of Fine Arts for its review 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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Architect Frank Gehry testifies at a public meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The Commission met to discuss the continuing controversy over Frank Gehry's design for a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Architect Frank Gehry, right, can be seen through a model of his proposed design for a memorial while testifying at a public meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The Commission met to discuss the continuing controversy over Frank Gehry's design for a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Architect Frank Gehry, right, sits while testifying at a public meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The Commission met to discuss the continuing controversy over Frank Gehry's design for a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Architect Frank Gehry, right, sits while testifying at a public meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The Commission met to discuss the continuing controversy over Frank Gehry's design for a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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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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Architect Frank Gehry's design for an extension of the Corcoran Gallery of Art was aimed at solving the space situation, but plans were abandoned when it became clear that the total cost could not be met from a fund started for the purpose. Mr. Gehry did receive $17 million for his design. (Gehry Partners/Corcoran Gallery of Art via Associated Press)

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Architect Frank Gehry's model of the Eisenhower Memorial is viewed on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, before a meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. Designers from architect Frank Gehry's firm unveiled some changes to a planned memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington after hearing complaints from members of Eisenhower's family. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)