Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

Unbuilt Design Award Submission

We created the Eisenhower Peace Park as the site for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C. The entire project distills the essence of Eisenhower’s legacy as General, as President and as a citizen of the world.

Our design vision was inspired by the front porch of Eisenhower’s childhood home in Abilene, Kansas. An elevated and open structure represents the nation’s porch, a uniquely American space: a place for homecomings & farewells, a place of shelter, rest, and storytelling. The memorial’s “civic porch” fosters Eisenhower’s virtues of openness, fairness and integrity. It provides a ceremonial setting in which to reflect on Eisenhower’s life through a continuously engraved stone frieze.

This new paradigm for 21st Century memorials employs sustainability practices, such as reuse of collected site water and composted planting soils. Stone provides shelter while keeping the site cool in the summer and protected from winter winds. Light is diffused or amplified by shades, calibrated to each season.

The site, a block away from the National Mall and in view of the U.S. Capitol, was an ideal location for the Eisenhower Peace Park: a gathering place where visitors come together in new understanding and equality as citizens of the world.

Architect
Krueck + Sexton Architects
Associate Architect
n/a
Consultants
  • Atelier Ten
  • Fisher Marantz Stone
  • Michael van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Pentagram
General contractor
n/a
Location
Washington, District of Columbia
Category
Miscellaneous