Saint Louis Gateway Arch
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
11 N. 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
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Crews are installing a canopy over the expanded sidewalk over I-44 at the Walnut Street Bridge, as part of the Park Over the Highway Project. When complete, the canopy will provide a lit, safe, and accessible path to the Old Cathedral and the Gateway Arch.
National Park Service to Begin Construction on Gateway Arch Grounds This September
On Saturday afternoon, September 6, 2014, the Bittenger family, from Indianapolis, Indiana, found their way through the construction zone to enjoy their first visit to the Gateway Arch.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 22, 2014 - The National Park Service will officially break ground on what will be the renovated Jefferson National Expansion Memorial grounds under the Gateway Arch in a ceremony on September 25 at 12:30 p.m. This event is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to park in the Gateway Arch Parking Garage, located at 200 Washington Avenue.
The National Park Service recently announced that McCarthy Castle JV I of St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $13.450 million contract to complete the Gateway Arch South Grounds project, the first CityArchRiver 2015 project on Jefferson National Expansion Memorial grounds.
The construction project, encompassing the southern 26 acres of the Gateway Arch grounds is funded by Proposition P, which was approved by voters in 2013. Great Rivers Greenway is serving as the steward of the taxpayers' investment in this project.
The design of the South Grounds was developed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, with private funding through the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. The grounds will be transformed to provide a better experience for all visitors through increased accessibility and sustainability. Projects in this area will include renovated reflecting ponds, new accessible pathways from the Gateway Arch to the riverfront, soil replacement across the entire site, tree replacement and landscaping improvements. Construction is expected to begin in mid to late September.
"We are excited to have the first construction of the CityArchRiver project on the Gateway Arch grounds beginning soon," said Tom Bradley, superintendent of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. "This is an exciting time for the park and for the City of St. Louis. This project will make the national park more sustainable and accessible for all visitors."
As quality soil is the foundation for a successful landscape, almost 18 football fields of blended soil will be distributed across the entirety of the Arch grounds. The existing ash trees along the processional walkways of the grounds, which are threatened by poor soil and drainage conditions and the invasive Emerald Ash Borer, will be removed. Great Rivers Greenway and CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation are in active discussions with vendors about reuse solutions for the ash trees. These ash trees will be replaced by 900 London Planetrees, which are currently being cared for in a New Florence, Mo., nursery. The London Planetrees will join other shrubs and plants to create a beautiful and more sustainable landscape on the grounds. The project will also address erosion control and slope stabilization, as well as security, lighting and utility improvements.
New pathways along the east slope of the park will provide accessibility by guiding visitors easily down to the riverfront as an alternative to using the grand staircase. This project component will include enhanced amenities for visitors such as bike racks, drinking fountains, and benches and it will link to a dedicated biking and walking path that will eventually travel the perimeter of the entire park.
The Gateway Arch will remain open to the public during this project. Construction fences will guide users from the temporary main entrance to the park at Walnut Street through the construction area to the Arch entrance. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Arch and are encouraged watch the progress throughout construction. For additional information about the event or directions, call the Gateway Arch call center at 877-982-1410.
New CityArchRiver Web Camera Shows Live Construction, Panoramic Gateway Arch Views
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 7, 2014 - CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation features a camera that shows comprehensive views of construction on the renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds and its surroundings.
The robotic camera, placed on the roof of the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, offer panoramic views of the Gateway Arch grounds and downtown St. Louis in addition to high-resolution images of different components of the CityArchRiver 2015 project.
Visitors to the project website can view archived progress and time-lapse videos of construction:
The robotic camera is added to the other CityArchRiver webcams launched earlier this year that show construction on the Riverfront and Walnut Street Bridge.
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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