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Eisenhower Memorial Design Revised



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    Architect Frank Gehry's model of the Eisenhower Memorial is viewed on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, before a meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. Designers from architect Frank Gehry's firm unveiled some changes to a planned memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington after hearing complaints from members of Eisenhower's family. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    A group that oversees planning for D.C. is supporting a revised design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall.

    The National Capital Planning Commission staff is recommending the panel grant preliminary approval Thursday for architect Frank Gehry's latest design.

    Gehry revised his design in September for a memorial park. He removed two large steel tapestries on the sides of the proposed park and left one as a backdrop depicting the Kansas landscape of Eisenhower's Midwestern roots. Statues would depict Eisenhower as president and war general.

    In April, the planning commission rejected the previous design, citing the large scale and placement of columns holding the tapestries.

    Winning approval from the planning commission would be a significant step for the long-delayed memorial project.