Key arts panel gives final approval to design for memorial for President Eisenhower

A key arts panel has given final approval to a design for a memorial to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, another step toward groundbreaking.

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts voted Thursday to give final approval to Frank Gehry's design. The commission gave its preliminary approval in October. A federal planning agency, the National Capital Planning Commission, also needs to give its final approval. It will vote on July 9.

Congress must still fund the project, which is expected to cost approximately $140 million. So far, $63 million has been appropriated, and the Eisenhower Memorial Commission working to build the project has also raised funds.

The design includes a memorial park with statues of Eisenhower and a large metal tapestry depicting the Kansas landscape of his boyhood home.