Frank Gehry’s proposed design for the planned national memorial honoring Dwight Eisenhower has been panned by the Eisenhower family and many commentators and critics, including at a congressional hearing Tuesday. They object to its nontraditional design and its portrayal of the 34th president and leader of the Allied forces in World War II as a Kansas boy. But Louis Galambos, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and an editor of “The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower,” argued in a Wall Street Journal commentary that Eisenhower was a “quiet master of change” who would be well-represented by the innovative design. “It is fitting that Frank Gehry emphasizes Abilene in the Eisenhower Memorial while simultaneously celebrating the changes that Ike brought to the nation that now seeks to honor him and his legacy,” Galambos wrote.
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