Thursday, October 18, 2012

St. Louis LIFE March 8, 1948

A  bit of a follow up from the last post, and rewinding further into the past we find St. Louis in the spotlight in 1948 as the first plans for the Gateway Arch were unveiled.

A croquet wicket? I've never heard it described as that but I suppose it reflects the sentiment of the time. 

For those of you familiar with it, the Arch once completed on May 25, 1968 (20 years after the original proposal) stood 630 feet- making it the tallest monument in the United States, a title it retains to this day.

Below is the proposed 'Mussolini Memorial' for the Esposizione Universal di Roma in 1942. However, the 1942 World's Fair in Rome never came to fruition and the Arch's possible inspiration was never constructed.

I have always thought the St. Louis Arch beautiful- it's miraculous to think that it was designed while still in the shadow of the aftermath of World War II as it's so mid century mod. It sets the St. Louis skyline apart from other cities throughout the Midwest and the United States. 

It's stunning no matter the time of day or time of year.

Stay Glamorous!

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