Eisenhower memorial delayed by family's objections
WASHINGTON — Plans to build a national memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower will be delayed into next year as the World War II general's family continues to object to a design by architect Frank Gehry.
A review of the memorial design was left off the December agenda on Friday for the National Capital Planning Commission, which must approve the project. That means the commission won't consider it until sometime in 2013.
According to letters obtained by The Associated Press, Eisenhower's son John S.D. Eisenhower and his family continue to say the design is “too extravagant” and “attempts to do too much.”
Genry has proposed a park with statues of the World War II hero framed by metal tapestries depicting Eisenhower's boyhood home in Kansas.
John Eisenhower, 90, who served as ambassador to Belgium in the Nixon administration, wrote in a letter that the memorial tries to tell multiple stories, which should be left to museums.
“Taxpayers and donors alike will be better served with an Eisenhower Square that is a green open space with a simple statue in the middle, and quotations from his most important sayings,” Eisenhower wrote to Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, vice chairman of the federal Eisenhower Memorial Commission.
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