View of Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial (via Culture Monster)

Culture Monster has the specifics on this new landmark in central Washington, DC by starchitect Frank Gehry:

The memorial to the 34th president will be built on a four-acre site along Independence Avenue, close to but not directly on the National Mall and backing up to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building. That separation from the Mall, according to a statement from Gehry’s office, gives the location “an urban quality that is unique among the other major memorials.”

The chosen design concept is the grandest of the options presented by Gehry’s office, though anyone expecting to see the flamboyant forms the architect has sometimes employed will likely be surprised by the memorial’s generally straightforward and rather historically minded approach.

A general view of the Gehry-designed Eisenhower site. (via Culture Monster)

It’s refreshing to see our tax dollars being used to beautify America and not killing people in wars.

More photos here.

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

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