WASHINGTON -- The Eisenhower family isn't feeling optimistic about a "refined" design for the controversial Frank Gehry-designed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial that is to be revealed Tuesday.

President Eisenhower's granddaughter Anne Eisenhower told the Washington Examiner that she doesn't have high hopes that the refined design will address the Eisenhower family's concerns about the memorial's proposed design.

The 34th president's family objects to both the focus and details of Gehry's design for the memorial, which features a statue of a young Eisenhower looking at bas-relief depictions of his future achievements. Woven steel tapestries depicting Eisenhower's Kansas upbringing will frame Eisenhower Square, a spot off the National Mall where Independence and Maryland avenues SW intersect in front of the National Air and Space Museum and Department of Education headquarters.

The family's primary concern is that the memorial, which has been the subject of a congressional hearing, focuses primarily on Eisenhower's boyhood, rather than on his two-term presidency and military accomplishments. Anne Eisenhower told the Examiner that she and other members of the Eisenhower family are also worried about the cost of maintaining the steel tapestries -- and that, despite Gehry's public pronouncements that he is "open to exploring other options" with the family, the family isn't expecting Tuesday's unveiling to address its concerns.

Check out the design for the Eisenhower Memorial in the slideshow below. What do you think of it?

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  • Eisenhower Memorial Design Revisions

    Architect Frank Gehry's model of the Eisenhower Memorial is viewed in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, before a meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. Designers from Gehry's firm unveiled some changes to a planned memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington after hearing complaints from members of Eisenhower's family.

  • Eisenhower Memorial Design Revisions

    Daniel J. Feil, executive architect of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, right, talks with Susan Banes Harris, who chairs the Commission's architecture committee, as they look over architect Frank Gehry's model of the Eisenhower Memorial before a meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Designers from architect Frank Gehry's firm unveiled some changes to a planned memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington after hearing complaints from members of Eisenhower's family.

  • Eisenhower Memorial Design Revisions

    Architect Frank Gehry's model of the Eisenhower Memorial is viewed on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, before a meeting of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. Designers from architect Frank Gehry's firm unveiled some changes to a planned memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington after hearing complaints from members of Eisenhower's family.

  • Eisenhower Memorial Commission

    The revised design, with statues.

  • The previous design, with bas reliefs.

  • The previous design, with bas reliefs.

  • The previous design, with bas reliefs.

  • The previous design, with bas reliefs.


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