Hill Talk: They Like Ike For New Memorial

Posted March 26, 2010 at 4:12pm

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission unveiled architect Frank Gehry’s design for the memorial last week.

The memorial, which will sit between Fourth and Sixth streets Southwest, south of Independence Avenue, not far from the National Museum of the American Indian, will consist of a grove of trees and stainless steel tapestries showing scenes from the 34th president’s life.

“Like many people who were around at that time, we weren’t aware of the great contribution to our country that this man made,” Gehry said at the unveiling. It “made me tearful to realize that this great man was not recognized for his great achievement.”

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) were on hand to thank Gehry for his design. Eisenhower lived much of his life in Kansas.

“This brings us one step closer to recognizing our native son,” Roberts said.

The memorial is slated to open May 25, 2015. This time frame allows two years to finish up the design, six months to gather construction bids and two and a half years for construction. The Eisenhower Memorial then will be turned over to the National Park Service upon its completion.