The Eisenhower family told a congressional panel Tuesday that it supports a bill that would do away with architect Frank Gehry's design for the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington and halt any additional federal funding for the design.
Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of the former president, spoke to the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. The chairman of the group is Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), who introduced the legislation last week.
"It is time to go back to the drawing board, with an open process for the redesign of the memorial," Eisenhower said during the hearing, according to reports. The price tag for the memorial has been reported as $142 million, with money expected to come from the federal government and private fundraising.
Members of the Eisenhower family have been vocal critics of Gehry's design. Last year at a hearing in Washington, Susan Eisenhower faulted the Gehry design for not emphasizing her grandfather's military and political accomplishments. After that hearing, Gehry redesigned certain elements of the memorial.