America’s tallest man-made monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors for 50 years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape. The vision of renowned architect Eero Saarinen, the Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States. Along with the Old Courthouse, it makes up the 90.96-acre Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The Gateway Arch celebrates its 50th anniversary on October 28, 2015.
A $380-million plan to enhance the Arch visitor experience is being led by CityArchRiver 2015, a public-private partnership. This construction project includes the creation of a new museum below the Arch, renovated park grounds and riverfront, and the construction of a “Park Over the Highway” that allows visitors to easily walk from the city, through the Arch grounds, and to the riverfront.