On March 25, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission announced it had unanimously selected a design concept created by famed architect Frank O. Gehry. The selected design will be located on a four-acre site at the base of Capitol Hill. The site lies between 4th and 6th Streets, SW, south of Independence Avenue between the Department of Education, and the National Air and Space Museum.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission was created by Congress in 1999. A location for the National Eisenhower Memorial was selected in 2005 and congressionally approved in 2006. Groundbreaking is expected to occur in summer 2012 with a targeted opening of Memorial Day 2015.
Gehry’s notable projects include: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain; the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.