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Contact: Pam Sanfilippo, Gateway Arch National Park, 314-655-1634
Contact: Jenna Todoroff, Common Ground PR, 618-580-8187
On Saturday, October 23 & Thursday, October 28, the National Park Service will host its annual Meet the Builders reunion to honor the engineers, tradesmen and support staff who contributed to the construction of the Gateway Arch from 1963 to 1965. Meet the Builders celebrates the 56th anniversary of the completion of the monument, which occurred on October 28, 1965.
At the events, a small group of the builders will share memories, private memorabilia and photographs with attendees, and sign autographs. Meet the Builders is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Arch’s tram lobby from 10:00 a.m. to noon on both days. The Arch Store, located in the tram lobby, will sell $1 commemorative posters for autographing.
“We invite all to join us in celebrating the Arch’s anniversary, meet history and hear incredible stories of the Arch’s unique and innovative construction,” says Pam Sanfilippo, Program Manager, Museum Services & Interpretation, Gateway Arch National Park.
In addition to the builders’ events, on October 23 & 28 the National Park Service will share construction-era photos on the big screens in the “Heading West” exhibit gallery and The Arch Store will offer special pricing on select Arch- and construction-related items.
WHAT: Meet the Builders of the Gateway Arch WHEN: Saturday, October 23 & Thursday October 28; 10 a.m. to noon
WHERE: Gateway Arch tram lobby (lower level of Arch facility)
COST: Free and open to all ages
Visiting the Arch
Visitors to the Arch must enter the monument at the new glass west entrance, which faces the Old Courthouse. The Arch legs are exits only. Entrance to the Arch Visitor Center and the Museum at the Gateway Arch is free. All visitors must pass through an airport-style security checkpoint to get to the lower level of the Arch facility.
The Tram Ride to the Top of the Arch sells out early and often. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tram ride tickets in advance at gatewayarch.com/buytickets. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled tram time. For more information, visit nps.gov/jeff or gatewayarch.com, or call 877-982-1410.
Consistent with CDC recommendations, face coverings are required to be worn by everyone ages 2 and older in all federal buildings, regardless of vaccination status. All COVID-19 safety protocols can be found online at gatewayarch.com.
Preferred Arch parking at a discounted rate ($9 for the first five hours) is available at the Stadium East Garage, located at 200 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102. Visit iparkit.com/TheArch to pre-purchase parking with no validation required. If parking is not prepurchased, validation is required by scanning/stamping parking tickets at one of two validators located inside the Arch Visitor Center. Validators are located in the West Entrance lobby just outside the restrooms and on the lower level of the Arch facility, next to the Explore St. Louis Information Desk.
With each preferred parking purchase at the Stadium East Garage, $1 will go to support ongoing conservation and preservation efforts, educational opportunities, and community programs at Gateway Arch National Park through Gateway Arch Park Foundation.
Metered street parking is also available around the park.
ABOUT GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK: The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Gateway Arch National Park, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch features the Tram Ride to the Top, the Museum at the Gateway Arch, the documentary film Monument to the Dream, The Arch Store and The Arch Café. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Old Courthouse is currently closed. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Most programs are FREE of charge and open to the public. Programs and events at the park are made possible by the generous support from park partners Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Jefferson National Parks Association, and Bi-State Development. For Tram Ride to the Top and Documentary Movie tickets, go online to gatewayarch.com, call 877-982-1410 or visit the ticket counter in the Arch Visitor Center.
Last updated: October 21, 2021