Eisenhower Memorial architect says he’s open to design changes in response to family criticism
WASHINGTON – Famed architect Frank Gehry says he is open to design changes in a planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington to try to answer objections from Ike’s family.
A letter from Gehry was introduced as testimony in a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday.
Susan Eisenhower, the 34th president’s granddaughter, told the panel her family wants the memorial to be redesigned.
A hearing in Congress could pressure memorial planners to make changes. But the panel does not have a direct role in approving the design.
Final approval of Gehry’s concept from a commission that approves architecture in the nation’s capital has been delayed amid ongoing objections from the family. The family wants the project to focus more on Ike’s accomplishments and less on his rural Kansas roots.
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