2015: The Arch's origins
No one had built anything like the Arch before. See how they did it with rarely seen photos of the project.
Steamboats crowded the St. Louis riverfront, before decay set in.
Despite newspaper investigation, results stood and workers began clearing the riverfront.
In 1990, retired St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Art Witman spoke to the St. Louis Press Club about his three-year assignment to photograph the construction of the Arch on the St. Louis riverfront. Witman made thousands of images of the workers and the historic monument they were building.
The Gateway Arch is strikingly simple in design — a sweeping curve of stainless steel rising 630 feet above the ground. Its 142 welded pieces are equilateral triangles, one of nature’s most durable forms.