Ike’s son un­likely to like

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

In his op-ed on the Na­tional Eisen­hower Me­mo­rial, for­mer Sen. Bob Dole sug­gests that John S.D. Eisen­hower, the late pres­i­dent’s son, would have been proud to at­tend the open­ing of the me­mo­rial were he alive to see it (“Hon­or­ing a gen­eral and a pres­i­dent,” Web, June 4). How­ever, this is un­likely to have been the case since John Eisen­hower was an op­po­nent of Frank Gehry’s grandiose pro­posal. He wrote in a let­ter that “the scope and scale of [Gehry’s de­sign] is too ex­trav­a­gant and it at­tempts to do too much. On the one hand it pre­sumes a great deal of prior knowl­edge of his­tory on the part of the av­er­age viewer. On the other, it tries to tell mul­ti­ple sto­ries. In my opin­ion, that is best left to mu­se­ums.”

John Eisen­hower re­quested that his fa­ther in­stead be com­mem­o­rated “with an Eisen­hower Square that is a green open space with a sim­ple statue in the mid­dle.” This is a far cry from Gehry’s $150-mil­lion gar­gan­tuan de­sign, which fea­tures a 400-foot-long steel “ta­pes­try” up­held by pil­lars 80 feet tall and 10 feet wide. The de­sign is so big it could fit two of the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial. This is not some­thing John Eisen­hower would have been proud of.

JUSTIN SHUBOW Pres­i­dent, Na­tional Civic Art So­ci­ety Wash­ing­ton

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