New exterior lights to fully illuminate the iconic Gateway Arch at night have been installed at Gateway Arch National Park and are operational as of August 13, 2018, at 10:00 p.m.
“We think everyone will notice this major improvement to lighting the monument,” said Mike Ward, superintendent of Gateway Arch National Park.
The nearly $1.2 million-project, funded by the Gateway Foundation, of St. Louis, is the first major upgrade to the original exterior lighting system, which was installed in 2001 and also was funded by the Gateway Foundation, at a cost of $2.4 million. The original xenon lighting system, designed by Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc., of Webster Groves, Mo., had been in place nearly 17 years. Advancements in lighting technologies and the significant degradation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the old lighting system necessitated the updated and replacement of the original lighting fixtures.
Once again, Randy Burkett Lighting Design led the relighting project, which began in July 2018. Forty-four outdated fixtures were replaced by 26 static xenon sky lights with new custom lenses. Although the number of fixtures has been reduced, due to advances in technology, the current fixtures provide greater light coverage of the Arch legs and increased energy efficiency. The Gateway Foundation will continue to pay for the costs of insurance, equipment and electricity associated with the updated Arch lighting system as they have since 2001.
The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. “Throughout the relighting project, the Gateway Foundation has been grateful for the support of the National Park Service and for the role it has played in the public-private partnership that designed, installed, and will maintain this award-wining lighting display,” said Paul Wagman, a spokesman for the Gateway Foundation.
The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Gateway Arch National Park, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. The Gateway Arch, which features the Tram Ride to the Top, the Museum at the Gateway Arch, the documentary film Monument to the Dream, The Arch Store and The Arch Café, is open daily during the winter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Founded in 1986, the Gateway Foundation seeks to enrich life and culture in the St. Louis area by supporting efforts to acquire, create, or improve tangible and durable art and urban design. More information is available at gateway-foundation.org and citygardenstl.org.