100 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63102 / Cake artist: Andy Cross

*National Register of Historic Places*


When people generally think of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch usually comes to mind. It is without question that is the reason St. Louis continues to live up to its nickname, ‘Gateway to the West’! The city’s most-known treasure was first conceived in the late 40s by architect Euro Saarinen, who won a contest about designing a monument to commemorate Western pioneers. Even though Saarinen passed away in 1961, his arch idea and layout was still considered to be erected on St. Louis’ Jefferson Expansion Memorial Park. Ground broke in February 1963, and on October 28, 1965, it was completed. The project cost $15 million.

The Gateway Arch stands 630 feet high. It also has foundations that are sunk 60 feet into the ground! It is said that the Arch can withstand high winds and earthquakes, should they ever happen. The Arch is the tallest of such kind in the world, as well as the tallest man-made monument in the U.S. and the tallest accessible building in Missouri. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has ruled that any aviator flying through the Arch would be fined and have their licenses taken away. At least ten have disobeyed the order.

The Arch celebrated the 50th anniversary of its dedication in 2015. The grounds have been in the process of renovation for all of 2014 and are set to finish by the end of ’16, in style. For more details, visit cityarchriver.com.

A view from the bottom of the Gateway Arch
A view from the bottom of the Gateway Arch
For those who haven’t gone up inside the Arch, here is the small space….

Cake placement date: February 21

Where is the cake now?:  The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $805 on 1/1/2015.

Memories: Comedian Chris Rock posted to his social networking profiles a picture of him and this cake when he visited St. Louis in December of 2014.

Gateway Arch on Facebook / Official website

Here is an episode of Living St. Louis that talks about how the Arch idea came about:

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