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Gehry selected to design Eisenhower National Memorial

on Thursday,April 02,2009 20:04

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Renowned architect Frank Gehry has been tapped to design the first presidential memorial of the 21st century and only seventh in U.S. history.

The selection of Gehry''s design studio was announced by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission and the General Services Administration, and his team beat 44 design firms from across the nation.

"It''s appropriate to have one of today''s most outstanding architects design a memorial for one of our country''s greatest leaders," comments the commission''s chairman Rocco C. Siciliano.

The memorial will be built on a four-acre site to be named Eisenhower Square at the base of Capitol Hill, across from the National Air & Space Museum. It will be a landscaped civic plaza that respects vistas to and from the U. S. Capitol and the view of the historic Maryland Avenue.

Los Angeles-based Gehry has designed iconic buildings such as the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

The bipartisan Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission was created by Congress in 1999 to manage the memorial development.
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