Thompson, vice chairman of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, says it’s time to set squabbling aside. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The National Capital Planning Commission gave final design approval, 9-1, Thursday to architect Frank Gehry’s plan for a memorial park to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower, over vocal objections of longtime design critics and concerns from some members of Congress — including House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, whose representative cast the lone “no” vote.
“I don’t know that deferring action on this really gains anyone anything,” said Commissioner Beth White, a presidential appointee to the federal panel who has expressed concern about the scale of the project. Gehry’s memorial park would cover a 4-acre site situated between the National Air and Space Museum and the Department of Education in Southwest D.C. Full story