The New Kiener Plaza Opens with Celebrations May 19 and 20

Park in the center of Downtown St. Louis reopens after a year-long renovation with new amenities for visitors

The new Kiener Plaza will reopen to visitors with a ribbon cutting at noon on Friday, May 19, and a community celebration on Saturday, May 20, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Kiener Plaza has undergone a one year renovation as part of the $380 million CityArchRiver project and is a partnership between Great Rivers Greenway, CityArchRiver Foundation and the City of St. Louis.

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In Kiener Plaza, the oval Old Courthouse lawn – bordered by cherry trees – creates an outdoor event space for concerts and other activities.

Some of the features in the new Kiener Plaza include:

  • More than 140 new trees and a shade garden so people can enjoy a relaxing park setting during their workday or visit
  • The Courthouse Lawn – which can hold more than 2,000 people for concerts and events
  • A playground for children of all ages
  • An interactive water feature (often known as a splash pad)
  • The iconic Runner Statue, which will return to its home at the center of Kiener Plaza with a new fountain and LED lighting
  • Abundant seating, tables and benches for people to enjoy the fresh air, eat a meal or hold an event
  • Improved pedestrian connections and street parking for easy access to the park
  • Improved lighting across the park

The $23.7 million Kiener Plaza project is funded privately through the CityArchRiver Foundation and with Proposition P funding overseen by Great Rivers Greenway.

On May 19, project leaders and dignitaries will cut the ribbon at Kiener Plaza at noon. The community is invited to come enjoy live music and food trucks during lunchtime for the opening of the park.

On May 20, CityArchRiver Foundation will host a free community celebration in Kiener Plaza that will include live music by Acoustik Element, Boderline, Phi, and Javier Mendoza with Hobo Cane, food and drink vendors, kids’ activities, appearances by Fredbird and Team Fredbird, and much more. The Kiener Plaza Opening Celebration will take place just prior to the St. Louis Cardinals home game against the San Francisco Giants at 6:15 p.m. and is a family and pet friendly event. For more details like parking and directions, visit www.cityarchriver.org/kiener.

The opening events at Kiener Plaza kick off a slate of fun events in 2017 throughout the CityArchRiver area. You can learn about all of the events at www.cityarchriver.org/visit.

Residents of the Region Celebrate New Gateway Arch Park Landscapes at Spring into Your Park

More than 4,700 people from across the region joined CityArchRiver project partners to celebrate the renovation and reimagining of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial with a community celebration called “Spring into Your Park.” Throughout 2016, most of the park areas have opened to the public in stages. The Saturday, April 8 event served as the official grand opening celebration with remarks and a ribbon cutting as well as live music, Laclede’s Landing food and drink vendors, kids activities, lawn games, and more.

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CityArchRiver partners along with state and local elected officials, including Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt, Mayor Francis Slay, and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, shared brief remarks followed by a ribbon cutting in the park’s Explorer’s Garden, located within the newly renovated North Gateway.

“People need to come back down and be part of the Arch grounds again,” said Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the CityArchRiver Foundation. “Traditionally, people think of the Arch as the Arch itself, but this is a great place to come hang out with your families in a park setting.”

The event led up to the GO! St. Louis Marathon on Sunday April 9, which started and finished on the riverfront for the first time in its history. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd.—raised and renovated as part of the CityArchRiver project—remained “high and dry” despite rising river levels.

The renovation design was developed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with private funding through the CityArchRiver Foundation. Construction on the renovated park landscape work is funded by the National Park Service, Great Rivers Greenway and the CityArchRiver Foundation. Great Rivers Greenway is overseeing funding provided by Proposition P, a sales tax approved by voters in April 2013 that provides funding for improvements to the Arch grounds and surrounding areas.

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Hiring: Accounting Manager

OUR OPPORTUNITY

The Accounting Manager is responsible for working closely with the Executive Director, Director of Foundation Operations, Controller and other Department Directors. This position is responsible for management of daily financial operations encompassing accounts receivable, accounts payable and financial reporting. The individual will work with a staff of 11 as well as partners, vendors and consultants. We are seeking a motivated individual that wants to work with a small team on an iconic project in the region. This position reports to the Director of Foundation Operations. It is a full-time salaried position.

WHO WE ARE

CityArchRiver Foundation is a non-profit organization partnering with the National Park Service, Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis City, Bi-State Development, Missouri Department of Transportation, and other civic interest groups to revitalize the Gateway Arch grounds, museum and surrounding areas. We have successfully raised our goal of $250 million for the capital needs of this project and to seed an endowment. The organization is transitioning to a conservancy, continuing to oversee the completion of project construction, collaborating with public partners, and fundraising for the endowment to meet the future needs of operations, maintenance and programming for the finished project areas. Learn more about us and our exciting vision at www.cityarchriver.org.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Ensure adherence to and work within the guidelines of the Foundation’s Finance Policies
  • Paying invoices – preparing the checks for signature
  • Enter invoices, payroll, bank transactions, pledges and cash gifts
  • Prepare bank reconciliations, invoices, journal entries
  • Work with development team to reconcile development pledges and activity to accounting system
  • Work with executive staff on investment activity and organizational budget development
  • Work with department directors to ensure to convey and explain updated departmental budgets and forecasts
  • Prepare internal weekly budget updates
  • Close the general ledger monthly and prepare all balance sheet reconciliations
  • Reconcile parking validations monthly
  • Prepare and code credit card billing and supporting documentation
  • Prepare audit requests and bank confirmation requests
  • Work directly with auditors on audit prep and schedule
  • Maintain reporting and filing requirements as necessary
  • Other accounting, administrative or project tasks as necessary

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Seek to improve job performance through self-assessment, skill development, training and goal setting
  • Maintain a regular and reliable level of attendance and punctuality
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

POSITION QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Education/Training:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Accounting

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years’ professional experience including direct accounting experience
  • Knowledge of GAAP and regulations as they relate to non-profit organizations
  • Association experience preferred
  • Knowledge of FASB 116 & FASB 117
  • Proven ability to work with confidential information and maintain utmost discretion
  • Proven exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Superb organizational skills with the ability to disseminate information clearly and concisely

Computer Skills:

Excellent computer skills including advanced level of skill in Excel and knowledge of QuickBooks required. Intermediate level of proficiency or above with other Microsoft office applications (word, PowerPoint, outlook)

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to utilize computer keyboard and sit for extended periods of the work day
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 20 lbs. when transporting supplies

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Please send cover letter and resume to info@cityarchriver.org

Equal Opportunity Employer

Become a Vendor on the St. Louis Riverfront

RFP responses are due on March 10.

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The riverfront opened on June 2, 2016 with the Picnic on the Riverfront celebration and ribbon-cutting.

On the renovated St. Louis riverfront, new bike paths connect to regional trails, ramps on the east slopes of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial provide accessible routes from the cobblestone levee all the way to the Gateway Arch, new lights provide great illumination, event power is available throughout, and the whole area has been raised to reduce flooding.

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Visitors walk along the riverfront at a Walk to the Wharf event in 2015.

Now, CityArchRiver partners Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis Development Corp., and the City of St. Louis are seeking vendors to enhance and enliven this central space where St. Louis history began and 2.5 million visitors from all over the world visit annually. The effort is part of revitalizing the unique setting as a destination for shopping and recreation for tourists and locals alike.

A request for proposals is now available for interested entrepreneurs. Partners are seeking a diversity of vendors for foods, beverages, souvenirs, merchandise, rentals, and more. Ten dedicated spaces are available on Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. between the Poplar Street Bridge and the Eads Bridge under the Gateway Arch. Eight of these spaces have electricity available.

To review the RFP, click here or visit the City of St. Louis Street Department website at: www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/street/documents/. Potential vendors have until March 10 to submit proposals.

For questions about the RFP process, contact Matt Brinkmann, CityArchRiver Foundation Special Events & Programming Manager, at Matt.Brinkmann@CityArchRiver.org.

 

 

Park Paths Open at the Gateway Arch

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New walking and biking pathways around the ponds provide access to renovated park areas.

Last week, new park pathways at the Gateway Arch opened to the public, making it easier for visitors to access the latest features of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park. On the riverfront, four new paths on the east slope now connect to the​ park overlooking the river.

Before the CityArchRiver project, visitors were limited to using stairs or a steep incline on a perimeter road. Now, the Riverwalk Pathways are gently sloping paths with benches and railings that finally provide an accessible route between the park and riverfront for everyone.

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Riverwalk Pathways provide accessible routes between the Arch and riverfront.

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Modernized Modernized versions of lights with the original Saarinen design add ambiance to the park.

Some new additions to the park reconnect the monument to the history the Arch commemorates. Throughout the park, 16 historic place markers and informative signs describe the story of how St. Louis became the Gateway to the West. The designs were developed by the National Park Service and include stories about the Old Rock House, Dan Kiley’s landscape design, the harbor of St. Louis in the 19th century, the Chouteau mansion, and more.

Dan Kiley’s historic landscape design has been updated to provide an exciting backdrop for the Gateway Arch. New walking and biking pathways around the  park ponds provide access to the renovated park areas, shaded picnic spots, lawns, and reflections of the monument in the renovated pools.

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Throughout the park, 16 historic place markers and informative signs describe the story of how St. Louis became the Gateway to the West.

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When the project is complete, the park will have more than 4,200 trees with diverse species. The park had about 1,800 before the project.

Before the CityArchRiver project, visitors were limited to using stairs or a steep incline on a perimeter road. Now, the Riverwalk Pathways are gently sloping paths with benches and railings that finally provide an accessible route between the park and riverfront for everyone.

Along the processional allées, visitors will find new organically-raised London Plane trees picturesquely framing the monument. Before the project, the Gateway Arch park contained 1,800 trees. When the renovation is complete, the park will have over 4,200 trees. Many of these trees are native species carefully chosen for their unique habitat within the park.

Gateway Arch Museum to Get New Exhibits to Educate, Engage and Inspire

National Park Service Awards $17.1 Million Small Business Contract

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The National Park Service announced today that Pacific Studio of Seattle, Washington, a small business and a nationally recognized creator of exhibits, was awarded a $17.1 million fabrication contract for the Visitor Center Exhibits Project at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. This is part of the $380 million public-private funded CityArchRiver renovation project. This contract is the final component for completing the new museum at the Gateway Arch by adding new exhibits that will provide an engaging, interactive museum experience. Pacific Studio has done other projects in the St. Louis area, including the National Blues Museum, Saint Louis Zoo and the Saint Louis Science Center.

The design and construction of the new exhibits is possible through private funding from the CityArchRiver Foundation.

“We are thrilled to kick off another exciting portion of the overall project here at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. We can’t thank our partner CityArchRiver Foundation enough for their generous support of the incredible project,” Superintendent Mike Ward said.

Several new exhibit galleries will be created, which will take visitors back in time to explore multiple perspectives of Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a continental nation, the role of St. Louis as the gateway to westward expansion during the 19th century, and the legacy and heritage of individuals and cultural groups who played significant roles. Visitors will also get a close-up look at the history of the construction of the iconic Gateway Arch and the architects, engineers and builders who made it happen.

New interactive galleries at the museum under the Arch will tell the story of St. Louis' role in the westward expansion of the United States. Exhibits will draw visitors through a narrative that begins with Colonial St. Louis and spans more than two centuries to the design and construction of the Gateway Arch.

New interactive galleries at the museum under the Arch will tell the story of St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States. Exhibits will draw visitors through a narrative that begins with Colonial St. Louis and spans more than two centuries to the design and construction of the Gateway Arch.

The exhibits will showcase illustrated historical narratives, primary source documents, historical art and artifacts. An assortment of multimedia exhibits will allow visitors to view large-screen video re-enactments of the Lewis and Clark expedition, participate in simulated electronic journeys west, and learn about colonial history with animated maps and timelines. The exhibits were designed by Haley Sharpe Design with multimedia design provided by Aperture Films.

The design of the exhibits has been completed to meet the standards of Universal Design, so that the environment can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

The National Park Service Denver Service Center awards its contract through a competitive process that includes close examination of managerial competence, quality control, experience and expertise of personnel, and conformance to the terms of the prospectus. The exhibits project builds upon the current renovations to expand the Gateway Arch Visitor Center and Museum including interior renovations and a 44,000 square foot addition. Combined, the project totals 140,000 square feet of construction and renovation work, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and associated site work. The building has been designed with sustainable practices. Project partners will apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.

For more information about Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, visit www.nps.gov/jeff, or for project details you may visit www.cityarchriver.org.

Denver Service Center awards its contract through a competitive process that includes close examination of managerial competence, quality control, experience and expertise of personnel, and conformance to the terms of the prospectus. The exhibits project builds upon the current renovations to expand the Gateway Arch Visitor Center and Museum including interior renovations and a 44,000 square foot addition. Combined, the project totals 140,000 square feet of construction and renovation work, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and associated site work. The building has been designed with sustainable practices. Project partners will apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.

For more information about Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, visit www.nps.gov/jeff, or for project details you may visit www.cityarchriver.org.

Pathways on the Arch Grounds and Connections to Laclede’s Landing Open Today

Another key portion of the renovations at the Gateway Arch is complete.  At the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, pathways in the park surrounding the Gateway Arch are opening to visitors after a construction project that has renovated the park grounds. Tree-lined processional allées and the North Gateway park area will open to the public November 22.  Brand new connections to the Arch from Laclede’s Landing, the riverfront and Downtown will better weave the park into the fabric of the downtown St. Louis area as part of the ongoing $380 million public-private CityArchRiver project, a reimagining of the Gateway Arch grounds and surrounding areas. (Click here for a map of the new pathways.)

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The North Gateway features 7.5 acres of new park space for visitors to enjoy.

 

 

 

The National Park Service broke ground on improvements for a renovated park surrounding the Gateway Arch on September 25, 2014. When all is complete, visitors can enjoy 5.4 miles of new pathways, 1.8 miles of pathways renovated for accessibility, new lighting, trees, more benches, and other amenities.

“This is an exciting milestone in the life of this project and this park,” said Mike Ward, superintendent of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. “Now visitors can enjoy new pathways, views and landscaping around the Arch. As more pathways and lawns open, the park will be much more accessible to people of all abilities.”

Map of new pathways. Click here to view a PDF.

Starting Tuesday, visitors are invited to explore the new North Gateway section of the park, which is the former site of the old Arch parking garage. The garage has been replaced with 7.5 acres of new park area that includes a natural amphitheater area, shaded lawns, a bike and pedestrian path, the Explorers’ Garden (a landscape designed for children to play and learn), diverse and interesting plantings, and a scenic raised walkway from 1st St. at the Eads Bridge to the North Overlook on the Arch grounds. This area will provide pedestrian access from Laclede’s Landing, through the park, all the way to the Arch.

While many pathways will be open, some of the new lawn areas will be closed until spring 2017 to allow root systems to grow. A few pathways will also remain closed due to ongoing construction on the museum and other areas (see map). CityArchRiver project partners are planning celebration events for spring of next year when the lawn areas and additional pathways will be open.

“We look forward to celebrating more pathways and lawns opening this spring and several other big openings, including the new museum, to follow,” said Ward.

Regular tours of the entire CityArchRiver project area occur the first Friday of every month. To RSVP, visit www.CityArchRiver.org/visit.

The renovation design was developed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with private funding through the CityArchRiver Foundation. Construction on the renovated park landscape work is funded by the National Park Service, Great Rivers Greenway and the CityArchRiver Foundation. Great Rivers Greenway is overseeing funding provided by Proposition P, a sales tax approved by voters in April 2013 that provides funding for improvements to the Arch grounds and surrounding areas.

About Jefferson National Expansion Memorial:
The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch is open from 9 am to 6  pm. The Old Courthouse, which features historic museum exhibits is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.  Unique educational products are available in The Arch Store and in the Old Courthouse Store. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/jeff or www.gatewayarch.com.

About the CityArchRiver project:
CityArchRiver is a transformational project that will enhance the Gateway Arch experience for all visitors. The project will create a seamless park experience from the city to the Mississippi River, providing visitors with a more vibrant place to visit, enjoy, and return. CityArchRiver is a public-private partnership including the National Park Service, Missouri Department of Transportation, Great Rivers Greenway, City of St. Louis, Bi-State Development, Jefferson National Parks Association, CityArchRiver Foundation and many other organizations. For more information, please visit www.cityarchriver.org.

 

 

 

Ice Skating Headlines Winterfest at the Arch

CityArchRiver Foundation and the St. Louis Blues bring rink to the Arch grounds December 27 – January 8

The St. Louis Blues and CityArchRiver Foundation have teamed up to bring an ice rink to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial during an exciting time in downtown St. Louis. Winterfest at the Arch will kick-off on December 27 with the opening of the ice rink in Luther Ely Smith Square, between the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse. The rink will remain open until January 8 with many activities scheduled in between.

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“We’re excited to partner with CityArchRiver Foundation to bring hockey and skating under St. Louis’ defining symbol to the world.” said Chris Zimmerman, president and CEO of business operations for the St. Louis Blues. “This is a great opportunity for us to extend the energy of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic to the Arch and the city.”

“This is an amazing partnership with the Blues to make the Arch grounds buzz this winter,” said Eric Moraczewski, executive director of CityArchRiver Foundation. “We’re thankful to our partners at the National Park Service for the opportunity to bring this unique experience to visitors and residents of the St. Louis region.”

Winterfest adds to the exciting events that will bring thousands downtown this holiday season. Winterfest will include an opening night celebration, Try Hockey for Free clinics and a street hockey tournament hosted by the Blues, whiskey tasting, New Year’s Eve family-friendly celebration, and of course skating every day of Winterfest. Skates will be available for rent on-site

The skating rink will be made of synthetic ice, a unique material that replicates the feeling of skating on real ice. Visitors can use real skates on the 46 ft. x 92 ft. rink. The light weight material was chosen for its location on the pedestrian bridge over I-44. The rink’s location in the newly renovated Luther Ely Smith Square highlights a completed portion of the $380 million CityArchRiver project, which is renovating the Arch grounds and surroundings. Many portions of the project are complete with the full project scheduled to be finished in late 2017.

“Due to the ongoing construction this winter at the Arch we have a great one-time opportunity to host a skating rink in the park,” said Mike Ward, superintendent of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. “We hope that everyone enjoys this fun and healthy outdoor activity.”

Additional events as part of Winter Fest at the Arch will be announced in the coming weeks. Check www.archwinterfest.com for news about the fun around the rink December 27 – January 8.

Eric Moraczewski Named CityArchRiver Foundation Executive Director

The CityArchRiver Foundation Board of Trustees announced today that it has named Eric Moraczewski as the organization’s Executive Director. Moraczewski joined the foundation in early 2016 and was most recently serving as its Interim Executive Director. The foundation is a private non-profit organization that has helped fund and coordinate a $380 million renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds and its surroundings.

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“We are thrilled to have Eric in the Executive Director role at CityArchRiver Foundation,” said Carolyn Kindle Betz, Vice Chairman of the foundation’s Board of Trustees. “This is an important and exciting time for the organization as we are approaching the completion of the renovations at the Arch grounds. At the same time, the foundation is becoming a conservancy that ensures the Arch remains vibrant for generations to come. After working with Eric over the last several months, we are confident he is the right person to lead the organization into the future.”

Moraczewski was previously the founding CEO at FDI Strategies, LLC, a company focused on assisting foreign firms, particularly those in Asia, with growing into the United States both through acquisitions and greenfield projects. Prior to founding FDI Strategies, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for Gallagher and Associates, LLC, an internationally recognized museum planning and design firm based in Washington, D.C.

“After working internationally for so many years, it is truly an honor to work on a landmark that is known around the world,” said Moraczewski. “I am excited about the future of the foundation and the evolving role it will play in the community. I look forward to working hand-in-hand with our donors and community partners to ensure a bright and sustainable future for the Gateway Arch and its surroundings.”

Moraczewski and the foundation will continue to work with CityArchRiver alliance partners (the National Park Service, Great Rivers Greenway, Bi-State Development, City of St. Louis and Jefferson National Parks Association) to finish construction on the current renovations and implement plans for the future success of the park and its surroundings.

Museum Update – New Murals Take Shape

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Mock-up of the levee mural by Michael Haynes. Figures are arranged digitally creating a busy scene of commerce in a canyon of riverboats and warehouses.

The riverfront in 1850 was bustling with commerce and immigration as St. Louis served as the Gateway to the West. At Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the new museum under the Gateway Arch will tell the story of St. Louis’ role in the expansion of the United States in new ways with interactive exhibits and engaging narratives.

Artist Michael Haynes, who has worked in the historic art field for 20 years, is creating a series of artworks detailing St. Louis’ history. In the exhibits, new murals will depict colonial St. Louis, an Osage village, and a pioneer canoe scene. Underway now, Haynes iscreating a busy levee scene from St. Louis’ 1850′s riverfront era.

 

Fr. De Smet greeting a member of the Nez Perce Tribe.

A riverfront laborer.

Corps of Topographical Engineers officer in full dress

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Many different people resided in or passed through St. Louis in 1850. Characters in the mural include Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet (a missionary), a Nez Perce Indian, Argonauts (a period name for gold seekers), immigrants, free African Americans, slaves, merchants, a Corps of Topographical Engineers (representing the military presence at Jefferson Barracks), and more. All of these perspectives – mercantile, indigenous, immigrant, pioneering – add to the busy activity that was everyday life on the St. Louis riverfront.

Labor is a focus of the mural. “We as modern 21st century people have lost touch with the sheer incredible amount of effort and exertion that went into everyday life and these massive scale operations,” Haynes said. “Everything had to be powered by people,horses, and crude steam power.”

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Mock-up of the mural showing scale

​The levee mural will be 14.5 feet tall and 30 feet wide in the new museum. To create an image at that scale, Haynes made pencil drawings of the characters, scanned the drawings, and arranged them digitally. In August, he will paint the mural at 6 feet wide by 2 feet tall. That painting will be reproduced digitally and printed to create the final mural.

Construction continues on the Gateway Arch grounds, but you can still learn more about the city’s role as the Gateway to the West by visiting the free current exhibits at the Old Courthouse.

Exhibits at the new museum are being designed in coordination with Haley Sharp Design, the National Park Service’s Harpers Ferry Center, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and the CityArchRiver Foundation.