Update on Proposed Museums and Memorials for the National Mall

Dear Coalition Friends,

Here’s the latest on some new and proposed museums and memorials planned for the National Mall and nearby:

Earlier this week we told you about the design competition for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will be located on the Mall at the foot of the Washington Monument.  The website for the museum is http://nmaahc.si.edu/.   Numerous wildly mixed public comments about the six proposed design schemes are posted on the Greater Greater Washington blog  http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=1911#comments.



Gehry picked to honor Eisenhower

by Deborah K. Dietsch
Thursday, April 2, 2009

Washington will be home to a design by internationally celebrated architect Frank Gehry after all.

Mr. Gehry’s proposed addition to the Corcoran Gallery of Art was scuttled in 2005, but the “starchitect” has been selected to design the national memorial to President Eisenhower on a site off the Mall. The memorial will be built on a 4-acre parcel between Fourth and Sixth streets Southwest south of Independence Avenue and near the National Air and Space Museum.

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Women’s History museum gets backing

March 28, 2009

WASHINGTON — House and Senate proponents of a National Women’s History Museum are backing legislation that would give organizers permission to buy a federally owned building in Washington to serve as the site.

The combination of a female House speaker, a friendly White House and the identification of a piece of property on Independence Avenue not far from the National Mall have made supporters more confident than ever before.

The museum would be built and run with private contributions from individuals and corporations. An estimated $250 million to $300 million must be raised.

[Note:  The National Women’s History Museum Act (H.R. 1700) would designate a federal site at 12th and Independence Avenue near the Mall.  The Museum website is http://www.nwhm.org]


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