Located close to the point where in 1764, Piere Laclede the French explorer founded this city, our tallest National Monument affords a grand panoramic view of both side of the Mississippi from its top. Visitors have a 30 mile perspective of the city and surroundings. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is administered by the National Park Service.
The Old Cathedral, completed in 1834; of Great Revival style is framed by our tallest National Monument; 630 ft. high Gateway Arch. The Arch, built from prize winning design by the late Eero Saarinen, is in the form an inverted catenary curve, graceful from all point of view, harmonizing with classic and contemporary Architecture of St. Louis’ historic riverfront.
The Gateway Arch soars 630 feet into the sky above St. Louis. Designed by Eero Saarinen, it symbolizes St. Louis’ historic role as Gateway to the West. Jefferson National Expansion Monument.
Bi-State Development Agency’s Passenger Transportation System for the Gateway Arch In each leg of the Arch, a “train” of 8 capsules, each seating 5 persons, is being provided to take visitors to the observation room at the top of the Gateway Arch of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the St. Louis Riverfront. Bi-State financed the cost of the facilities through a revenue bond, and will operate the system under a 30-year lease.
Visitors ride in five-passenger capsules on an 8-capsule transporter, one running in each leg of the Arch. The transportation system is operated by the Bi-State Development Agency. A roomy observation platform enclosed at the top offers (32) windows for viewing a thirty-mile panorama of Missouri and Illinois on both sides of the Mississippi River.