Watch Out Frank Gehry, Your Design’s On Notice
Remember the National Civic Art Society, the group that opposed D.C.'s wacky modern libraries? They're back in action this week with the winners of a design contest for alternatives to Frank Gehry's somewhat-outside-the-box plan for the Eisenhower Memorial on Maryland Avenue SW, which boardmembers felt would be an "uncivil, brutal insult to the classical city envisioned by Pierre L'Enfant and our nation's Founders."
And the submissions they chose are...decidedly more traditional. The $1,000-winning first place design, by Daniel W. Cook, looks like a replica of the Arc de Triomphe. The runner up is of a classically martial character as well. Will they win over the powers that be? Unlikely—though if Gehry were decommissioned, D.C. might be able to make a case for getting that $300 million promised to a city that doesn't hire him.