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Arch invites public to help celebrate 55th birthday

DOWNTOWN – Happy Birthday to the Gateway Arch! Wednesday marks the 55th year since construction was completed on the iconic monument on the St. Louis riverfront.

Some might call the shape of the 630-foot-tall silver structure a parabola, but those who know their geometry know that architect Eero Saarinen designed it in the form of a weighted catenary arch. In any case, the gleaming stainless steel-covered monument is the world’s tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and the tallest accessible building in Missouri. Its final section at the very top, joining the two legs, was placed on Oct. 28, 1965.

Thousands – maybe millions – of photos have been taken of the Arch. But its caretakers want more, to help mark this special occasion. They are inviting the public to submit their best personal photos of the Arch; the photos may be included in a 55th birthday commemorative collage that will become available digitally.

Organizers warn that the photos must not include “graphic or offensive material.”

To check the official terms and upload pictures, go to gatewayarch.com/submitphotos. The deadline to submit photos is Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service will be projecting vintage photos of the Arch’s construction on the screens in the “Heading West” exhibit in the Museum at the Gateway Arch.

June Heath


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