If you are in the D.C. area and are interested in catching some potential fireworks this evening, have I got an event for you:
Tonight at 5:30 pm at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, the National Civic Art Society (“NCAS”) will be announcing the winner of their competition to come up with an alternative to the Eisenhower National Memorial being built by world-famous architect Frank Gehry. The Gehry design, which was selected by the Congressionally-created Eisenhower Memorial Commission, has been covered with a flurry of excitement in the local media as well as in the national press. Congress will appropriate taxpayer dollars to pay for much of the cost of the monument, which is currently expected to cost between $90 and $110 million. It will be built on a four-acre site to be renamed “Eisenhower Square”, located across the street from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum off the National Mall.
I have it on very good authority that Susan Eisenhower, political commentator and granddaughter of President Eisenhower, will be speaking at the NCAS event this evening. The fact that Ms. Eisenhower will not only be in attendance at the NCAS event, but will also be addressing the assembled guests, strikes me as very interesting. Will it be simply an opportunity for her to speak about President Eisenhower and his legacy? Or will she and the Eisenhower family take it upon themselves to stand up and say something about the Gehry monstrosity, which as I have previously written does no justice to her grandfather’s legacy whatsoever, and which American taxpayers are funding?
If you are in the D.C. area and are reading this blog post early enough, you can still register to attend the event, which will be held in Rayburn 2203 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Click here to go to the registration portion of the NCAS Competition site [N.B. although the site states that registration closed on June 5th, I have been told that late RSVP'ers will be accepted.] Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or receive more information. The event is free to attendees, but donations to the NCAS – which is a 501(c) – will be gratefully accepted. For those of my readers who do make it to the event, I would very much like to read your thoughts and comments afterwards.