April 3, 2014

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Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
(File Number 6694)

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) disapproved preliminary site and building plans for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial as submitted by the National Park Service on behalf of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission. The proposed memorial would honor the legacy and achievements of Dwight Eisenhower as both the 34th President of the United States and as an U.S. Army general.

"It is a rare opportunity to add a new Presidential memorial to our nation's capital. There is widespread unanimity on the need for, and value of, a memorial honoring the remarkable accomplishments of President Eisenhower in a fitting and lasting manner. In doing so, we also have an opportunity to create a new urban public space that contributes to the capital's historic and symbolic form and the city's vitality," said Chairman L. Preston Bryant, Jr.

The Commission requested that the applicant revise the proposal to address several issues related to the scale and configuration of the large stainless steel tapestries that are an important memorial component. The project, as submitted, did not meet three of seven adopted design principles developed during the memorial's site selection process.
* Preserve reciprocal views to and from the U.S. Capitol along Maryland Avenue, SW.
* Reflect L'Enfant Plan principles by shaping the memorial site as a separate and distinct public space that complements the Department of Education Headquarters and other surrounding buildings.
* Respect the building lines of the surrounding rights-of-way and the alignment of trees along Maryland Avenue, SW.

"The Commission continues to support a modern and innovative approach to honoring America's 34th President," Bryant added. "We encourage the applicant to make changes based upon the feedback provided at today's meeting, and look forward to seeing a revised preliminary design."

To encourage continued, collaborative resolution of the design issues, the Commission directed the applicant to return every two months beginning in June 2014, to provide updates on the design modifications as a standing item on their agenda.

The Eisenhower Memorial would be located on a four-acre site in Southwest Washington, DC, bounded by Independence Avenue, SW; 6th Street, SW; 4th Street, SW; and the Lyndon B. Johnson Department of Education Building. The site would framed by three stainless steel tapestries featuring scenery from Kansas, Eisenhower's birthplace. The tapestries would be supported by a colonnade of limestone-clad columns that are approximately 80 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter. The memorial's core would feature limestone bas-relief blocks, free-standing bronze sculpture, and quotations that honor Eisenhower in his roles as President and General. A one-story 2,400 sq. ft. visitor center would be located on the site’s southeast corner.

See Commission Action and Recommendation

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Pentagon Permanent Visitor Screening Facility
(File Number 6659)

This project was removed from the agenda by request of the applicant.

Information Presentation: Foreign Missions Center Master Plan
(File Number MP7393)

See Information Sheet

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Delegated Decisions: Projects for which the Commission delegated decision-making authority to the Chairman, Executive Committee, or Executive Director.