The New York Times
Date: July 14, 2015
By: Robin Pogrebin
The memorial to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower is receiving $1 million from the government of
Taiwan, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission announced Tuesday.
“The donation will be given in grateful recognition of President Eisenhower’s ‘staunch support for Taiwan’s security and his strong commitment to the U.S.-R.O.C. relationship,’ ” the commission said in a news release, using the initials for Taiwan’s formal name, the Republic of China.
The $142 million memorial, planned for the National Mall, has been stymied by opposition to the design by the Eisenhower family, a lack of funding from Congress and slow fund-raising efforts in the private sector. A report issued by the House Natural Resources Committee last summer suggested that while the memorial planned to raise $35 million from donors, it had taken in only $448,000.
But the memorial’s much-debated Frank Gehry design recently received final approval from the two federal agencies charged with its evaluation — on July 9 from the National Capital Planning Commission and on June 18 from the United States Commission of Fine Arts. [FULL STORY]