The proposed plan for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial stinks, Congress was told Tuesday. Witnesses objected to the plan at a hearing on March 19 conducted by the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation. You can read the testimony or watch an archived broadcast of the hearing at http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=323454.
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Noted architect Arthur Cotton Moore described the history of planing for the National Mall going back to the L'Enfant Plan in George Washington's time. “Incredibly, the current proposal for the Eisenhower Memorial does not respect this august planning heritage,” Moore testified, adding that “this historical background clearly played no role in the site selection and design development.”
Moore said that the plan would violate the historic plan by getting too close to the Maryland Av. SW right-of-way, for instance.
Another witness, Brig. Gen. Carl W. Reddel, USAF (Ret.), executive director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, said that the commission has met with members of the Eisenhower family and others who objected to the design and modified it accordingly. He said the commission is still working at it ans concluded “it is time to build this memorial."