National Mall

Veterans visit WWII Memorial despite shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans groups that planned trips to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are being granted access despite the government shutdown, while the Republican National Committee offered Wednesday to pay for guards to keep the site open.

Eisenhower Memorial design goes to key DC panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts was expected Thursday to review architect Frank Gehry's design for a planned national memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington.

Redesigning Eisenhower Memorial could cost $17M

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrapping a disputed design for a planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial near the National Mall and developing an alternate concept over the next five years would cost about $17 million, analysts have found.

Washington Monument glows again amid restoration

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the Washington Monument is closed for earthquake damage repairs over the next year, 488 lamps will restore the marble tower's glow each night on the National Mall.

House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing, "Future of the National Mall"

Washington, June 1, 2012, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee hearing, "Future of the National Mall." National Park Service Regional Director Stephen E. Whitesell to testify.  

New images show Ike's DC memorial amid criticism

As critics of a planned monument honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower object to everything from its giant scale to its depiction of the Cold War president and famed World War II general as a "barefoot boy from Kansas," new images and documents released to The Associated Press reveal other key elements overshadowed by the furor and show how the controversial project developed.

The work by Frank Gehry, to be built as a memorial park just off the National Mall, would feature two stones in "heroic scale," carved with bas reliefs. Based on new images recently released to The Associated Press, the carvings would depict a famed photo of Ike addressing his troops on the eve of D-Day, and another of the Republican president studying the globe.

Most of the attention and criticism has focused on large metal tapestries, proposed by Gehry to portray Eisenhower's Kansas roots, and a statue of a young Eisenhower.

Energy-saving lighting comes to the National Mall

Washington Post

Thanks to light bulb maker Osram Sylvania and help from Pepco, the energy-draining National Mall will be illuminated by efficient, long-lasting LED lighting, reducing the government's electricity bill, The Washington Post reports.

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