WASHINGTON, D.C. � The Eisenhower Memorial Commission unveiled its preferred design concept by architect Frank O. Gehry. The Eisenhower Memorial will be the first presidential memorial to be built during the 21st century, and only the seventh in U.S. history.
David Eisenhower, President Eisenhower�s grandson and a member of the commission said, �We were all impressed with Frank�s vision for the memorial. His understanding of my grandfather�s accomplishments and legacy is remarkable, and he was able to translate the key theme of democracy into a compelling visual experience.�
The memorial will be located on a four-acre site at the base of Capitol Hill and includes columns along the north and south edges of the site. Large memorial tapestries of woven stainless steel mesh supported on the colonnade of limestone depict images of Eisenhower�s life.
Frank Gehry and his team were selected in March 2009 as the result of a design excellence competition process through General Services Administration�s Design Excellence Program. Gilbane Building Co. will serve as the construction manager.