For Beauty and Grandeur in the World We Build

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Founded in 2002, the National Civic Art Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C. that educates and empowers civic leaders in the promotion of public art and architecture worthy of our great Republic. As Winston Churchill said, "We shape our buildings, and thereafter our buildings shape us."

NCAS has come to national attention for leading the historic fight to stop Frank Gehry's ugly, grandiose design for the $150-million National Eisenhower Memorial. But for our efforts, the memorial would have already broken ground. The Washington Post reported that NCAS's advocacy "has received a remarkable amount of attention, offering talking points for ... columnists and critics." In the words of RealClearPolitics, we have "become go-to sources for criticisms about the memorial in papers like The Washington Post, New York Times, and The Daily Beast." A House Natural Resources Committee oversight investigation of the memorial extensively relied upon our research, and members of Congress quoted our criticisms of the design.

According to Allan Greenberg, architect of the diplomatic reception rooms at the U.S. Department of State, "When the National Civic Art Society began its Eisenhower Memorial fight, it was like Hans Brinker plugging a dyke all by himself with one finger. Now NCAS is well on its way to becoming a Washington powerhouse."

George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, said about us, "The National Civic Art Society is doing essential work in restoring republican dignity and democratic purpose to public architecture and design in America."

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson consciously chose the classical style to physically embody the new nation's form of government and political aspirations--architecture they intended to be a model for the entire country. The Founders understood that the classical tradition, harkening back to democratic Athens and republican Rome, is time-honored and timeless. It is unparalleled in its dignity, beauty, and harmony, not to mention its legibility to the common man.

NCAS advocates for beautiful, meaningful civic design that continues and expands upon the Founders' vision.


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