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Saint Louis Gateway Arch
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
11 N. 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
314-655-1700
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City Arch River Project on St. Louis Riverfront
Visitors to the Arch explore the history of the stainless steel structure and progress on the transformation of the St. Louis riverfront, scheduled to reopen June 2, 2016.
St. Louis Riverfront Reopens June 2 with "Picnic on the Riverfront"
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 25, 2016 - Great Rivers Greenway, the City of St. Louis, CityArchRiver Foundation and other partners will celebrate the transformation of the St. Louis riverfront on Thursday, June 2.

The organizations will be hosting a "Picnic on the Riverfront" event from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., which will feature St. Louis' largest-ever community picnic - complete with a 2,016-foot-long table with chairs - to commemorate the opening of the new riverfront beneath the Gateway Arch.

The official ribbon cutting on June 2 will begin at 5 p.m. on the overlook stage along Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, with remarks from dignitaries and partners. Afterward, attendees can explore the nearby Mississippi Greenway, enjoy local music and educational activities for kids and purchase dinner from food trucks and other vendors.

People are also welcome to bring their own picnic meal. An interfaith blessing will kick off dinner at 6:15 p.m., followed by an aerial photo of all the picnickers. The event will end with a brief fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.

"This new front door for our region celebrates the energy, adventure and awe of the mighty Mississippi and our iconic Gateway Arch," said Susan Trautman, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway, the regional parks and trails district and lead agency on the project. "We invite people to bring their friends, family and neighbors from all parts of the region to celebrate."

The renovation of the 1.5-mile stretch of riverfront includes the recently rebuilt Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and extension of the Mississippi Greenway from the Biddle Street Trailhead south to Chouteau Avenue, with protected walking and biking paths.

The entire riverfront was elevated an average of almost two feet to limit flooding, returning more days of the year back to the community for walking, riding bikes, sightseeing and special events. While the historic elements were preserved, such as the cobblestones lining the levee; new amenities such as benches, bike racks, lights, power outlets and a street-level stage will make the space more inviting for events and programs. The lineup for this summer and fall includes bike rides, walk/run events, the St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival, a free concert series with The Sheldon, swap meets and more.


City Arch River Project on St. Louis Riverfront
Visitors to the Arch explore the history of the stainless steel structure and progress on the transformation of the St. Louis riverfront, scheduled to reopen June 2, 2016.
Gateway Arch Museum Store Reopens to the Public
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 25, 2016 -The Arch Store is now open to the public. Operated by Jefferson National Parks Association (JNPA), the 4,000-square-foot retail space, built on the site of the former Odyssey Theater underneath the Arch, is a contemporary environment that offers visitors numerous ways to connect with the stories of the Gateway Arch, and features an expanded selection of new products and returning museum store favorites.

This sparkling new space represents one of the first completed interior portions of the massive CityArchRiver renovation project at the Arch," said David Grove, President and CEO, Jefferson National Parks Association.

Designed by award-winning architectural firm Charles Sparks & Co., which specializes in the design of museum stores, the store features 14-foot-high ceilings, custom-built retail fixtures and architect-designed lighting. Six lower ceilings or "clouds" designate themed areas in the store and feature products dedicated to themes such as the American West, early days of St. Louis, and the building of the Arch. These themes echo interpretive stories that will be featured in the new museum under the Arch, which is currently under construction.

In addition to offering shoppers a unique space in which to purchase Arch souvenirs, gifts and apparel, and Western-themed products, The Arch Store honors the monument's 1960s origins and features items such as the iconic Eero Saarinen-designed Tulip chair and table, Eames stacking cards and new mid-century modern architectural books," said Grove.

Customers can also buy a high-end reproduction Remington bronze statue, a bust of Jefferson, and numerous Native American crafts. The new store features the old-fashioned, homemade fudge counter from the former Levee Mercantile store.

The Arch Store is open daily during Gateway Arch hours of operation, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 27. Beginning Saturday May 28 through Labor Day, it is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Customers can call The Arch Store at 314-678-1530. The Gateway Arch offers Journey to the Top tram rides, as well as showings of the award-winning documentary Monument to the Dream. Visitors are encouraged to purchase Arch tickets in advance at gatewayarch.com/buytickets.

Visitors can also shop for Arch Store products online at shop.jnpa.com. Products offered online do not reflect all of the products found in store The entire month of June, shoppers can enjoy a one-time 20 percent savings on their entire storewide purchase. Sign up at archstore.jnpa.com to receive a coupon for this special discount.


Construction Continues on Arch Grounds and Riverfront
Visitors can use the new Great Rivers Greenway bike trail on the Central Riverfront or take a leisure stroll along the levee.
Gateway Arch Reopens Tram Rides to Top on Limited Basis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Although the Gateway Arch Visitor Center is not open due to continued remodeling in the lobby below, tram rides to the top of the Arch have resumed on a limited basis while staff perfect new ticketing and scheduling procedures, and implement improved tour operations.

At this time, restroom facilities inside the Gateway Arch are temporarily unavailable. Alternate restrooms facilities include the Old Courthouse Visitor Center (11 North 4th Street) and portable restrooms at the north leg of the Gateway Arch.

1.) Tickets may be purchased at the Old Courthouse, by calling 877-982-1410 or going online at www.gatewayarch.com/buytickets.
Please note: Due to capacity restrictions, visitors must have a timed Journey to the Top tram ticket to enter the monument. Entry-only tickets are not available at this time.

2.) The Journey to the Top tram ride may not be fully accessible to guests with mobility impairments.

3.) Due to security measures at the Gateway Arch, all visitors to the Arch must pass through an airport style security checkpoint. No weapons - including firearms, knives, pepper spray, mace, or electronic weapons - are allowed.

4.) Group pricing is not available for online purchases - please contact the Call Center at (877) 982-1410 to make a group reservation.

Visitors can see "Monument to the Dream" film at the Old Courthouse.

A renovated Arch Museum Store, a new digital projection system in the Tucker Theater, renovated restrooms, lighting and flooring updates will debut Spring 2016.

The Gateway Arch park grounds and access to the exterior of the Arch, as well as access to the riverfront via the Arch Grand Staircase, will remain available for visitors.

Visitors can visit the base of the Arch's South Leg and the newly renovated Luther Ely Smith Square, located between the Arch and Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. The public can take in more of the CityArchRiver construction outdoors with a special viewing platform in the square. The Old Courthouse will continue to operate normally and will offer plenty of visitor activities during this time.

"We encourage everyone to visit the Old Courthouse to view free exhibit galleries focusing on early St. Louis, Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery expedition, and the settlement of the Great Plains, as well as restored original courtrooms and an exhibit gallery focused on Dred and Harriet Scott, and their freedom suit," said Rhonda Schier, Chief, Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.


Museum of Westward Expansion Closing for Renovation
Visitors can access the riverfront and Arch through the normal Walnut Street Bridge by the Old Cathedral, where they can see visuals of the proposed landscaping for the CityArchRiver 2015 project.

City Arch River Project on St. Louis Riverfront
Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard is being elevated to provide access for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles to a 1.5 mile promenade for activities between Biddle Street on the north and Chouteau Avenue south of the Gateway Arch. Conceptual image courtesy CityArchRiver 2015

City Arch River Project on St. Louis Riverfront
A new glass entrance to the Museum of Westward Expansion below the Arch will face the Park Over the Highway and the Old Courthouse. Conceptual image courtesy CityArchRiver 2015

City Arch River Project on St. Louis Riverfront
Visitors will be able to enter the new west entrance without a single stair step or ramp and enjoy sweeping view of the Old Courthouse and St. Louis through the sweeping wall of glass. Conceptual image courtesy CityArchRiver 2015

City Arch River Project on St. Louis Riverfront
A large central aisle will allow easy access for visitors heading to the museum, tram rides and new exhibit space. Conceptual image courtesy CityArchRiver 2015
Museum of Westward Expansion Closed for Renovation
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Museum of Westward Expansion, located below the Gateway Arch, has been closed to make way for entirely new museum exhibits and visitor experience in association with the CityArchRiver 2015 project.

The Gateway Arch will remain open and will continue to offer Journey to the Top tram rides during this time; however, due to the limited capacity of the entire Gateway Arch facility, a timed ticket is required to enter the Arch. Journey to the Top tram ride tickets or Arch Entry-Only tickets can be purchased in person at the Old Courthouse or online at ticketsforthearch.com.

Other operational changes:

  • The Old Courthouse will serve as the Ticketing and Visitor Center for the Gateway Arch during construction.
  • A Journey to the Top ticket will include a tram ride as well as the award-winning documentary Monument to the Dream (based on availability). For guests not wanting a tram ride, the Arch Entry-Only ticket will allow access into the Arch facility and admission to Monument to the Dream.
  • During the winter, the Old Courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Arch is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the summer (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day), Old Courthouse is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the Arch is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
"After nearly 40 years, it's time to say goodbye to the Museum of Westward Expansion," said Ann Honious, Chief, Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. "Although we are losing a St. Louis gem, we look forward to bringing visitors into the 21st century, and are committed to continuing to tell the stories of westward expansion and the Gateway Arch in modern, engaging and compelling ways."

The new interactive museum exhibits, designed by Haley Sharpe Design, will focus on six thematic areas, including colonial St. Louis, Jefferson's vision, the St. Louis Riverfront, Manifest Destiny, new frontiers, and the design and construction of the Gateway Arch.

The Arch and museum will also receive a new westward-facing entrance. During construction, the Old Courthouse will host new temporary exhibit galleries developed from those in the Museum of Westward Expansion. The first of these galleries will open in late spring 2015.

Anticipated work also will begin on the fifth phase with the renovation of the Museum of Westward Expansion and Visitor Center.

This proposed project includes a new accessible west entrance and 45,183 square foot, concrete, glass, and stainless steel, multi-level addition to the existing 103,546 square foot facility beneath the Gateway Arch.

The new main entrance will be located to the west side of the existing underground museum, facing the Old Courthouse and the new Park over Highway to the west. The new upper level Lobby includes security screening, information, ticketing, a public gathering area, restrooms and circulation areas.

From the new Lobby, visitors will descend via elevators or stairs to mezzanine level or the lower, main level of the Museum/Visitor Center. The mezzanine level includes space for educational activities and special events and will introduce visitors to themes presented in the new exhibits. On the lower level, at the base of the stairways and escalators, is the new exhibit gallery that will connect to the larger new exhibit gallery area in the renovated existing building.

A new office area for Metro, operators of the Arch Tram, will be constructed in the current location of the Museum Store. The Museum Store will move to the space formerly occupied by the Odyssey Theater and a limited Food Service Concession will be located in the current area of the Levee Mercantile store.

The existing public bathrooms will be upgraded with new fixtures, accessories, and finishes. New finishes, ramps, and other accessibility improvements will be made to the exits leading to the Arch legs. The existing Visitor Center Lobby space will improved with new finishes, lighting and acoustical treatments. The Lobby's terrazzo floor will be removed and replaced.

The anticipated construction period is between Spring of 2015 and Spring 2017, with no mandated seasonal shutdowns. The North and South Park Grounds, North Gateway, Luther Ely Smith Square, and Ranger Station work will be underway simultaneously to the construction. The facility will remain open to the public for the Arch tram, Museum Store, Tucker Theater, and Levee Mercantile.

The work on the $33 million project was split up into 10 project packages. BSI Constructors, the project manager, worked with Great Rivers Greenway, the Federal Highway Administration and MoDOT to review the bids and select the firms.Great Rivers Greenway awarded more than $23 million of the contracts to St. Louis companies. Overall, the CityArchRiver 2015 initiative is expected to boost visitation to the memorial. CityArchRiver also expects the initiative to support an estimated 4,400 new permanent jobs in the region.

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.

Visitors to the CityArchRiver 2015 project website can view archived progress and time-lapse videos of construction:
www.cityarchriver.org/construction/webcam/

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Old Cathedral Under Wraps for Two Year Restoration
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.
Basilica of St. Louis King of France (Old Cathedral)
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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