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St. Louis is associated with one thing that is universally recognizable to people everywhere and that is the Saarinen sculpture, The Gateway Arch. As a child we got to watch this happen. Each week we would go and see the progression and it was a special day when the last piece was put in place. Here are some wiki stats as well on our beloved riverside sculpture, standing tall and proud on the mighty Mississippi. The Gateway Arch, or Gateway to the West, is an arch that is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. It was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. At 630 feet (192 m), it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States, Missouri's tallest accessible building, and the largest architectural structure designed as a weighted or flattened catenary arch.
The arch is located at the site of St. Louis' foundation, on the west bank of the Mississippi River where Pierre Laclède, just after noon on February 14, 1764, told his aide, Auguste Chouteau, to build a city.
The Gateway Arch was designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947. Construction began on February 12, 1963, and ended on October 28, 1965,costing US$13 million at the time (approximately $90,500,000 today. The monument opened to the public on June 10, 1967.
There is another thing St. Louis is well known for and that is the rich Jazz and Blues culture that sprang up here and continues to this day. St. Louis was home to many great musicians, most of which we have lost only recently. The great Chuck Berry called St. Louis his home as well as Ike from Ike and Tina Turner. Benny Smith, James Crutchfield, Scott Joplin, WC Handy who wrote the popular "St. Louis Blues",Miles Davis to name a few. More recently and modern though much influenced by our city are Erin Bode and Nellie. I have to give a shout out to all the awesome musical talent that still overflows the St. Louis Streets on a regular basis here. You asked for it. lol here is my entry and I hope you love it and enjoy reading about my Home Town. I did take some artistic liberties to modernize this fabric from a traditional toile de jouy design but I wanted to do a fabric I personally would have use for.