Architect Frank Gehry revises design for planned Eisenhower Memorial in DC after objections

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WASHINGTON — Architect Frank Gehry is revising the design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall after objections delayed the project.

On Thursday, Gehry's team will propose eliminating metal tapestries on the sides of the memorial square, along with some columns. The designers are trying to win approval from the National Capital Planning Commission. The federal panel rejected a previous design in April.

Three stainless steel tapestries depicting the Kansas landscape of Ike's boyhood home were part of Gehry's original design. With two removed, one long tapestry would remain as a backdrop for a memorial park. The site also includes statues of Eisenhower as president and World War II general.

Eisenhower Memorial Commission spokeswoman Chris Kelley Cimko says the group hopes the changes move the project forward.

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