I've mentioned the planned Eisenhower Memorial before ... its original design, by Frank Gehry, seemed a little flukey, but on the other hand, too many of our public monuments seem to become paeans to the artistic values of the last century -- to wit, the ruin of the original clean design of the Vietnam War memorial, the WW II memorial, the clunky Martin Luther King memorial -- while this one did have some promise of standing out from the crowd.
It also drew complaints from the Eisenhower family, but I tend to believe the family should be invited to butt out in these matters -- the monument isn't for their benefit.
Ultimately, the original design was withdrawn (so now I'm certain, we'll be headed back toward pre-traditional style). Architecture critic Fred Bernstein has an original idea. He suggests that in light of all the controversy, we just not build any Eisenhower monument.
To me, that's very reasonable thinking. So of course it will never prevail. But as Bernstein points out, there are a number of monuments for Eisenhower in various places; and as he doesn't point out, there are far too many monuments and narrow-interest museums in the District of Columbia anyway. I also believe Ike would have understood the desirability of saving the money in these austere times. Let's pass on this one.