National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial is a United States presidential memorial under construction, honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States. On October 25, 1999, the United States Congress created the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, and charged it with creating "...an appropriate permanent memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower...to perpetuate his memory and his contributions to the United States." A preliminary design by architect Frank Gehry proved controversial. After several years of hearings and several design changes, a revised preliminary design won approval from the United States Commission of Fine Arts in the summer of 2013. After additional changes, another revised preliminary design was approved by the National Capital Planning Commission in October 2014. Final detailed design approvals were given in June and July 2015. After more than a decade and a half of planning and controversy, Congress appropriated $150 million to the memorial in 2017 and on November 2, dignitaries held a groundbreaking ceremony at the four-acre site in Washington DC. Construction is ongoing, with the dedication tentatively scheduled for May 8, 2020, the seventy-fifth anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
The design process began in 2006. At a commission meeting to consider design principles in March 2006, Siciliano mentioned Gehry's name for a second time as a possible memorial designer.
On March 25, 2010, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission unanimously selected the preferred design concept created by Frank Gehry and the commission and design team completed its first round of meetings with federal review agencies.
The setting for the four-acre memorial will be framed by giant welded steel tapestries supported by columns 80-feet tall by 10-feet wide. The largest tapestry will extend nearly the entire city-block length of the Department of Education Building. The tapestry will depict an aerial view of Normandy Beach at the present day. Elements of Eisenhower's home in Abilene, Kansas will be included, according to the commission.