Westward Movement Of American Explorers and Pioneers, ‘Gateway Arch National Park’. Missouri USA

Gateway Arch National Park was created in 1935, and became part of the National Park Service, in 2018 this year a new museum will open beneath the grounds of the arch.

Civic leader Luther Ely Smith conceived the idea of building a memorial to help revive the riverfront and memorialize the story of the nation’s westward expansion. Through a nationwide design competition conducted 1947–1948, Eero Saarinen’s stainless steel Arch was chosen as the memorial that would celebrate the accomplishments of early pioneers. St. Louis celebrated with a groundbreaking on June 23, 1959.

‘To me the drawn language is a very revealing language: one can see in a few lines whether a man is really an architect.’

Over the next few years, Saarinen perfected his design and workers began excavating the grounds in 1961.

Project Details

  • Client – National Park Service
  • Year – The Project is due to open in 2018

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