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Dennis Reidenbach
Regional Director




2009 NHL Second Place Winner

Photo of St Louis Gateway Arch by Marla Jordan

Gateway Arch
St Louis, Missouri

Photographer: Marla Jordon

Reaching 630 feet in height, the Gateway Arch is the tallest monument in the United States. Modernist architect Eero Saarinen based his complicated 1947 design on an inverted catenary, the shape that a chain takes when held by the two ends. When the monument was later constructed between 1963 and 1968, the unique structural system had never been attempted on such a large scale. Towering over downtown Saint Louis and the Mississippi River, the shining stainless steel arch symbolizes the gateway to the West. The Gateway Arch is now open to the public as part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial administered by the National Park Service.


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