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Looming Large

The Architect’s Newspaper, March 19, 2012

Four months ago, a design for a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C., was wending its quiet way through the federal approvals process. Most of Washington didn’t know or care that architect Frank Gehry—he of Bilbao and Disney and Lady Gaga’s hat—was creating the new memorial, which will commemorate President Dwight D. Eisenhower on a four-acre site just off the National Mall.

Now three Congressmen have called for the design to be scrapped, and Gehry’s proposal will be debated at a House hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20. What exactly happened?

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