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No One Likes Ike´s Memorial
Washington Free Beacon, by Stephanie Wang

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Posted By:PChristopher, 7/30/2014 2:47:16 AM

After more than a decade of planning and $44 million spent, a proposed memorial for President Dwight D. Eisenhower may never be built. A House Committee on Natural Resources report published last week revealed the extent of the money wasted on the already controversial project. Construction for the Eisenhower memorial has not begun and the proposed design has not been approved, but the Eisenhower Commission, which was established as a staff of 12 in 1999, has already spent tens of millions of dollars on the project. Much of that money has gone to Frank Gehry

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Frank Gehry was building a monument to himself and I´m pretty certain that the National Capitol Planning Commission and the US Commission of Fine Arts were not amused by his offerings. And Gehry can talk all he wants about his time being pro bono, let me put it in perspective that $16 million dollars over 7 years breaks down to just over $190,000 per month. That is enough to keep a average team of ten designers and production people busy full time....and for what? Gehry should stay in L.A. where he belongs.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/30/2014 3:19:31 AM     (No. 9945704)

The aggressive self-aggrandizer Gehry (who isn´t really much of an architect, when you get right down to it) was born Ephraim Owen Goldberg. Hope he´s not related to our gracious hostess.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 7/30/2014 3:47:52 AM     (No. 9945710)

"He even designed a hat for Lady Gaga in 2009."

Impressive. That, alone, should disqualify him.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/30/2014 3:58:18 AM     (No. 9945713)

Have a contest. Let architects and artists submit a design and choose from them. You might be pleasantly surprised. A monument should be pretty straight forward but in today atmosphere´s of never ending self-aggrandizement of the architech, that is lost. Our most beautiful and meaningful monuments are simple. They honor the person not the vision of an arrogant egotist who gets in the way of the person he is attempting to memorialize. Keeps it simple and get the focus off the architect.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: KTWO, 7/30/2014 3:58:22 AM     (No. 9945714)

Good article. Ms. Wang delivers again.

It sounds as if Congress is finally cutting off the funding for this money-pit monster.

I´ can´t remember where I read a very detailed assessment of the project almost a decade ago. This article seems very similar in tone. Of course not as much money had been wasted back then.

A huge monument, pompous, and complex simply is not appropriate for Eisenhower.

I hope they build a monument but not this one. Start over after firing everyone connected with the original commission and designers.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Lala, 7/30/2014 6:48:26 AM     (No. 9945784)

My idea of an Eisenhower memorial? A realistic-looking statue of Ike, maybe in bronze, off at a bit of a distance looking toward the WWII Memorial, a steely-eyed gaze and look of determination on his face.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 7/30/2014 7:25:58 AM     (No. 9945820)

FTA :"The cost of upkeep for the memorial would be $740,000 annually, according to an estimate by consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton."

And if you don´t like this exorbitant waste of $3/4 of a million/yr , maybe we could have the CBO give us a lower estimate to help ramrod it through congress .

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tommyr, 7/30/2014 8:22:15 AM     (No. 9945881)

Lets get it done before the Obama gang gets their mitts on the funding and puts it toward the Obama Museum.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: sw penn, 7/30/2014 8:34:13 AM     (No. 9945907)

“So far my firm has dedicated seven years of staff time to this effort, responding to multiple agencies and offices in Washington, consulting with concerned private individuals, and undertaking extensive tests and assessments that went far beyond the original scope of services we had been given,"

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Isn´t this the whole problem with government?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/30/2014 2:20:46 PM     (No. 9946573)

Living large for 15 years while nothing gets done. Just like Congress.

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