Launch Slideshow

Eisenhower Memorial Pedestrian Experience.Model image courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP, 2012.(The Elder Statesman photograph from an original print by Yousuf Karsh, 1966).

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

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  • Pedestrian experience showing the bas-reliefs of Eisenhower as President (left) and Supreme Commander of teh Allied Forces (right), with the life-sized statue of Eisenhower as a young man at center.

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    Pedestrian experience showing the bas-reliefs of Eisenhower as President (left) and Supreme Commander of teh Allied Forces (right), with the life-sized statue of Eisenhower as a young man at center.

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    Courtesy Gehry Partners

    Pedestrian experience showing the bas-reliefs of Eisenhower as president (left) and as supreme commander of the allied forces (right), with the life-sized statue of Eisenhower as a young man at center.

  • Aerial view of Eisenhower Square, showing woven metal tapestry panels supported by 80-foot-tall columns.

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    Aerial view of Eisenhower Square, showing woven metal tapestry panels supported by 80-foot-tall columns.

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    Courtesy Gehry Partners

    Aerial view of Eisenhower Square, showing woven metal tapestry panels supported by 80-foot-tall columns.

Across from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is a four-acre parcel, to be renamed Eisenhower Square, that will host the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Designed by Los Angeles–based Gehry Partners, which was selected from a pool of four finalists in a GSA Design Excellence Program competition, the scheme calls for the square to be lined on three sides by woven-metal tapestries. The tapestries, which are supported by 80-foot-tall columns, depict the Great Plains and Eisenhower’s home in Abilene, Kan. At the center of the square, amid a grove of oak trees, two monumental bas-reliefs depict Eisenhower as the 34th president of the United States and as the supreme commander of the Allied Forces in World War II, respectively; these flank a setback podium featuring a seated life-size statue of the president as a young man in Abilene. A wall behind all three sculptural elements features excerpts from Eisenhower’s speeches. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, which was created by Congress in 1999, projects a 2015 completion date.