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Eisenhower Memorial Commission selects architect for design project

on Wednesday,March 31,2010 18:03

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Representatives from the Eisenhower Memorial Commission have announced the selection of a design concept for a forthcoming historical monument.

Architect Frank Gehry was chosen to bring his vision for the memorial to life based on aesthetic and thematic issues as well as its expected impact on historic resources, eco-friendliness and anticipated construction cost.

The design will be built on a four-acre lot at the base of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Columns will be erected on the north and south edges of the memorial site, and stainless steel mesh will support a colonnade of limestone-based depictions of events in Eisenhower's life.

Upon completion, the memorial will serve as a gathering place for visitors and a representation of the former president's ability to unite the country, according to commissioners.

Gehry said that his "approach to the design was to create a cohesive and important civic space and urban monument in the heart of the capital region" in order to provide "a quiet and contemplative space for learning about the vast accomplishments of President Eisenhower."

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