Four Finalists Vie to Design Eisenhower Memorial

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After almost a decade of development, officials behind a Washington, D.C. memorial to former President Dwight Eisenhower are close to picking a designer.

The selection among four finalists -- Gehry Partners, Los Angeles; Krueck and Sexton, Chicago; Rogers Marvel Architects, New York; and PWP Landscape Architecture, Berkley, Calif. -- is expected in March.

"Eisenhower is overdue," said Carl Reddel, executive director of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. "One of these designers will have the opportunity to bring Ike's legacy of integrity, leadership and public service to the forefront of American thought."

The four-acre site several blocks from the U.S. Capitol will be the first national presidential memorial of the 21st century. It will sit across the street from the National Air and Space Museum, which is fitting as Eisenhower is credited with establishing the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA.

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