Travel: St. Louis Gateway Arch

Rising high above the Mississippi River, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was built in 1963 (completed in 1965) and is now listed as a National Historic Landmark. It was designed by architect Eero Saarinen, who immigrated to the United States from Finland (go Finns!) in 1923 at the age of 13. After studying architecture at Yale and becoming a partner at his father’s architectural design firm, he entered and won the competition for the design of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

For him, “The major concern …was to create a monument which would have lasting significance and would be a landmark of our time… Neither an obelisk nor a rectangular box nor a dome seemed right on this site or for this purpose. But here, at the edge of the Mississippi River, a great arch did seem right.”  – excerpt from the National Park Service Website

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Arch, I highly recommend it. Bring a picnic, lay on the ground and enjoy the beautiful, simplistic design symbolizing our Nation’s move westward.


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