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New design at Arch grounds requires balancing act

Maria Altman.

By Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio


St. Louis, MO – The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, better known as the Gateway Arch,is entering a new era.

This week landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and his team were named the winner of an international design competition.

Their design includes a green lid over Interstate 70 to reconnect the downtown to the monument,a new west facing entrance for the museum, and a few additions to the grounds, including an ice rink and Urban Ecology Center.

As St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman reports the goal is to bring more people to the Arch but preservationists say any changes to the monument's landscape must be done carefully.


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