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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, and 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.