An international icon has been undergoing a facelift. The “St. Louis Arch” — formally named the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial — is a landmark national park and monument to the nation’s push to expand westward.
Originally unveiled in 1967, the memorial is in the final stages of improving the “Arch experience” with a $380 million renovation of the riverfront, surrounding parks and museums, as well as the steel Arch itself. The goal has been to increase accessibility to visitors, while restoring the area as a centerpiece for the city and a tourist attraction.
Among the improvements is the new ‘North Gateway,’ which serves as a second key entrance to the park. It includes an elevated pedestrian walkway lit with iLight Plexineon White 1X 3500K LED fixtures. As part of the design plan conceived by international landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the walkway provides access to 7.5 acres of new park space where a parking garage once stood, while also creating a unique vantage point for viewing the park and the Arch.