Mid-Atlantic Chapter Announces the Eisenhower Memorial Competition

This spring, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter and the National Civic Art Society (NCAS) invites classical architects and artists to engage in a competition to design a counter proposal to Frank Gehry’s design of a national monument to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The competition, which is open to any designer or team of designers who are citizens of the United States, will seek to encourage the design of appropriate, meaningful, and timeless memorials to Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, five-star general of the United States Army, Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe and Supreme Commander of NATO.  The purpose of this competition is to encourage dialogue among designers and the general public about the meaning, inspiration, and dignity of designs that are suitable to commemorate this distinguished president and general.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Submissions should be designs that embody the traditions of civic art in Washington, DC and should stand in harmony with the vision of the L’Enfant Plan as well as the McMillan Commission. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.


The Jury will choose an appropriate design; one that embodies the classical vision of Washington, DC and that best exemplifies the ideas of a meaningful and timeless memorial. A First Prize ($1,000) and Second Prize ($500) will be awarded; and additional Prizes may be considered at the discretion of the jury and the National Civic Art Society.
The National Civic Art Society and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America have generously sponsored this prize. The DC Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism has generously donated funds towards the Prizes.

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