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Gehry offers changes in Eisenhower Memorial design

Tuesday - 5/15/2012, 12:20pm  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Designers from architect Frank Gehry's firm are preparing to unveil some changes to a planned memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington after hearing complaints from members of Ike's family.

The Eisenhower Memorial Commission will hold a public meeting Tuesday on Capitol Hill to hear about proposed changes.

Gehry's design has called for a memorial park framed by metal tapestries depicting Eisenhower's boyhood home in Kansas. Carved stones would depict Ike as president and World War II hero, along with a statue of a young Eisenhower.

Eisenhower's family says it focuses on Ike's humble roots, rather than his accomplishments. One granddaughter compared Gehry's tapestries to fences from concentration camps in the Holocaust.

Memorial commissioners said Gehry has their full support. The commission includes lawmakers and citizen members.

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