Saint Louis Gateway Arch
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
11 N. 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
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Great Rivers Greenway District Approves $56.6 Million to Fund Improvements to Gateway Arch Grounds
The rebuilding of Walnut Street Bridge near the historic Old Cathedral is part of the overall improvements to access between downtown and Interstate 44 (formerly I-70) as part of the Park Over the Highway project. It is a portion of CityArchRiver 2015, a transformational project that will enhance the Gateway Arch experience for all visitors.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 11, 2014 - The Board of Directors of the Great Rivers Greenway District has approved the sale of a $56.6 million public bond offering at their Feb. 11, 2014, board meeting.
The funds will be used to pay for improvements to the Gateway Arch grounds as authorized by Proposition P (the Safe & Accessible Arch & Public Parks initiative) passed by voters in St. Louis City and St. Louis County in April 2013.
The first two projects on the National Park Service grounds to receive Prop P funds will be the extensive improvements to the landscapes on the north and south sides of the Arch.
The projects include the processional walks and allées, new landscape features, walks and trails around the perimeter of the Arch grounds and down to the riverfront, as well as reflecting ponds that include sustainable plant materials.
These projects will be out to bid this spring and are scheduled for completion prior to October 2015. The remaining projects planned for a safer and more accessible Gateway Arch grounds will be out to bid and under construction later this year.
"As the steward of the tax dollars generated from Proposition P, Great Rivers Greenway is committed to applying the same stringent financial standards we have used since our inception to ensure these dollars are returned to the citizens of the region in the form of a renewed and revitalized Gateway Arch and Riverfront," stated Susan Trautman, Executive Director.
Stifel Nicolaus is the Senior Bond Underwriter and Gilmore & Bell and White Coleman & Associates are co-Bond Counsel for this second and final issuance which will close on March 6, 2014.
Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard to Get a Facelift|
December 19, 2013 - Construction crews from Pieces Breaking Services and Pace Construction Co. remove concrete barriers and asphalt on Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard near the Gateway Arch, as work continues on the Central Riverfront project to elevated the street 2.5 feet. See related story: Hundreds Attend CityArchRiver 2015 Groundbreaking on Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd
St. Louis Gateway Arch Provides Spectacular View of St. Louis City From 360 Feet Above
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park was established on the banks of the Mississippi River, on December 21, 1935, to commemorate the westward growth of the United States between 1803 and 1890. Cost for the $30 million national monument was shared by the federal government and the City of St. Louis.
The park features the Gateway Arch, designed by architect Eero Saarinen who won the design competition in 1947. The stainless steel structure rises 630 feet high from a 60-foot foundation and spans 630 feet at ground level. Its classic weighted catenary curve sways 1/2" - 1" in 20 mph wind. The Arch weighs 17,246 tons. Nine hundred tons of stainless steel was used to build the Arch, more than any other project in history. Construction on the nation's tallest memorial, built at a cost of $13 million began February 12, 1963 with the "topping out" on October 28, 1965. It was dedicated in 1966.
The floor plan of the Underground Visitor Center follows a circular pattern with galleries depicting a 100-year span of westward expansion and the Tucker Theatre. Additional attractions include two passenger trams to the observation room at the top and the Museum of Westward Expansion.
Visitors to the Gateway Arch can step back in time and savor the past at Levee Mercantile. The 1870s style riverfront general store is located in the Visitor Center beneath the Arch. Many food products selected for Levee Mercantile feature Missouri artisans who use traditional recipes and time-honored production methods.
Monument to the Dream - A documentary film by Charles Guggenheim on the construction of the Arch is shown daily in the Tucker Theatre. Large screen movies are shown on the Arch's Odyssey Theatre's four story high screen featuring a 70 mm projection system and THX Sound.
Summer hours - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Arch trams will run daily starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 9:10 p.m. Trams to the top of the Arch leave at least every 10 minutes.
Winter hours - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week from the day after Labor Day until the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Arch trams will run daily starting at 9:20 am and ending at 5:10 pm. Trams to the top of the Arch leave at least every 10 minutes.
The Arch is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Accessibility at Gateway Arch - The Arch lobby and Museum of Westward Expansion are accessible by ramps located throughout the building. The Tucker Theater and Odyssey Theatre are both accessible to visitors using wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis (inquire at information desk). Wheelchairs or strollers are not allowed at the top of the Gateway Arch.
Tram tickets: $10 adults (16 & older); $5 children (3 - 15)
Movie Tickets: $7 adults (16 & older); $2.50 children (3 - 15).
Tram & 1 Movie: $14 adults (16 & older); $7.50 children (3 - 15)
Tram & 2 Movies: $18 adults (16 & older); $10 children (3 - 15)
2 Movies: $11 adults (16 & older); $5 children (3 - 15)
Each adult tram ticket includes a $3.00 National Park entrance fee. For more information or reservations, call 877-982-1410.
Basilica of St. Louis King of France (Old Cathedral)
A $15 million effort is underway to restore the nearly 180-year-old Basilica of St. Louis King of France - known fondly as the "Old Cathedral", which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See related story: Old Cathedral Under Wraps for Two Year Restoration
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The St. Louis' historic Old Cathedral, known officially as the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, is one of the world's most honored churches. It stands on a tiny plot on the downtown riverfront near the south leg of the Gateway Arch. The original log chapel was dedicated over 200 years ago in 1770.
The structure of the Old Cathedral, completed in the autumn of 1834, is a prominent example of Greek Revival architecture in the United States, and it is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior stone facade and the four columns that support the Doric style portico are carved from Joliet stone, mined near Joliet, Ill.
In 1961, the most important honor ever afforded any American church was handed down by His Holiness, the late Pope John XXIII, who decreed Basilican status upon the church. An intensive rehabilitation program on the appearance of the Old Cathedral was completed in 1963.
Visitors can see the tomb of Bishop Joseph Rosati, builder of the present Old Cathedral building, paintings dating back to the late 1700's and a dramatic series of Arteaga photos at the Old Cathedral Museum. The Old Cathredal is located at 209 Walnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102. For more information, call 314-231-3250.
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