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Gehry picked for Eisenhower Memorial

Architect Frank Gehry has been selected to design the national memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Washington D.C. The memorial will be built on a 4-acre parcel between L’Enfant Plaza and the National Mall near the National Air and Space Museum. Gehry was selected from a short list of four firms that included Krueck & Sexton Architects of Chicago; Peter Walker of PWP Landscape Architecture of Berkeley, California, and Rogers Marvel Architects of New York City.

Gehry’s winning design is being kept under wraps. But the architect did tell the Washington Post that he drew inspiration for the project from the Lincoln Memorial and hopes to incorporate stone relief’s depicting President Eisenhower’s achievements, which, among many things, include the creation of the National Highways System, the Departments of Health Education and Welfare and the Federal Aviation Administration. Eisenhower also pioneered the US space program.

Joining Gehry in the project are New York exhibit design Edwin Schlossberg, landscape architect EDAW, and avant-garde theatre artist Robert Wilson.

The memorial will be the 7th national presidential memorial in D.C. It is estimated to cost between $90 and $110 million and take five years to design and build.

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