The Eisenhower Memorial, a national memorial to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will be built on a four-acre site between 4th and 6th Streets SW, south of Independence Avenue in Washington, DC. Eisenhower served as the 34th President of the United States and provided crucial leadership during World War II and the Cold War.
In 2010, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, selected a design concept by world-renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, a full-service architectural firm with broad international experience in museum, theater, performance, academic, and commercial projects. Notable projects by Gehry include: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain; the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.
The Eisenhower Memorial will be located just south of the National Mall, across the street from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. It will feature a grove of oak trees, huge limestone columns, and a semicircular space made monolithic stone blocks. There will be carvings and inscriptions that depict images of Eisenhower's life. The projected opening date is 2015.