Eisenhower Memorial design goes to key DC panel

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 4:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 4:34 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts is set to review architect Frank Gehry's design for a planned national memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington.

The commission overseeing civic art and architecture in the capital will review Gehry's design Thursday. It's one of two panels that must approve the design, along with the National Park Service, in order for the $142 million project to move forward.

The 14-year-old memorial project has been on hold for more than a year after Eisenhower's family and other groups raised objections to the design concept.

Gehry has proposed a memorial park with statues of Ike as president and World War II hero. The park would be framed by large metal tapestries depicting the Kansas landscape of Eisenhower's boyhood home.

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