Eisenhower Memorial Competition

Eisenhower Memorial Competition

One of four finalist proposals for the Memorial redefines a typical DC space by creating infinite vanishing points that address the evolving American urban landscape. A celebration of the legacy of public service and space as a narrative, our design creates spaces of time in crisp white marble set against calm water and a pastoral landscape. A Stepped Lawn, tall grass American Prairie in the back, and a thirteen-striped Regimented Grove connect the memorial ground to the city and its visitors. These landscapes speak to Eisenhower’s life - Kansas prairie, Normandy shores and Washington Mall. 

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The new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial sits just off the National Mall in Washington, DC on a four-acre site at the cross roads of a diagonal avenue and orthogonal streets.  

The Entry Pavilion introduces visitors to Ike’s formative years from West Point to the Philippines; the Crossing, an open space of marble and still waters, expresses Eisenhower’s life as Supreme Commander during the American Century; and in the Leadership Pavilion, the President-General quietly guides the world. On the inner memorial walls of both pavilions, lenticular images on 3D-milled marble portray discretely powerful impressions of the man, his achievements and his words.