The well-known symbol of St. Louis is in the process of being renovated. The Gateway Arch is a global icon and symbol of the St. Louis region. It represents the spirit in all of us to discover and grow. With this project comes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to integrate the Gateway Arch and what it represents into the fabric of the region. And in doing so, make it easier for St. Louisans and visitors to safely access and enjoy a treasured monument and the space surrounding it.
The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument clad in stainless steel and built in the form of an inverted, weighted catenary arch. It is the world’s tallest arch, the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, it is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis. The original construction of the Arch began Feb. 12, 1963, was completed in 1965 and opened to visitors in 1968. The total building cost back then was $13 million. The monument symbolizes St. Louis’ role as an old Mississippi River town in the westward expansion of the United States. By 2017 all of the work is expected to be completed, which will include raising the ground by the river 3 feet so it floods less often. The residents of St. Louis recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of this highly acclaimed attraction. Visiting the Gateway Arch is an enjoyable experience for residents and visitors that encompasses the energy of the region, the power of the riverfront and the calm beauty of an urban national park.
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