Gateway Arch Park Foundation

Tarlton Chosen for $24.5 Million Renovation of Old Courthouse


The National Park Service and Gateway Arch Park Foundation have selected St. Louis-based Tarlton Corporation to lead the renovation of the Old Courthouse at Gateway Arch National Park.

A groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for early 2023.

An historic gem, the courthouse served as the venue for the mid-1800s Dred Scott (v. Sandford) case, a decade-long fight for freedom. Also in the mid-1800s, the Old Courthouse provided the stage for Virginia Minor and her attorney husband, Francis Minor, in a lawsuit asserting Virginia’s right to vote as a woman. According to St. Louis Circuit Court records, more than 300 other freedom suits were filed there by 1860.

“We’re honored to preserve and protect the Old Courthouse and the many stories told within its walls,” said Gateway Arch National Park Superintendent Jeremy Sweat. “These renovations will maintain the Old Courthouse’s historical integrity and safeguard its lasting legacy.”

Renovations will include the installation of an elevator for greater accessibility within the building. Critical building system updates – a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, fire suppression system – are also part of the project scope. The $24.5 million renovation also includes updated exhibit galleries, general restoration and improvements to the building’s historically significant features such as windows, doors, ceilings, flooring and other decorative elements. During the renovation, artifacts will be carefully moved and stored. The park’s archives and library will be temporarily relocated to the Old Post Office in downtown St. Louis.

“As the philanthropic partner of Gateway Arch National Park, our mission is to ensure this national park site remains vibrant and welcoming for generations to come,” said Gateway Arch Park Foundation Executive Director Ryan McClure. “These renovations to the Old Courthouse will certainly accomplish that.”

Gateway Arch Park Foundation Launches New Website

/ emphasizes transformed park spaces, events, and membership program

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation has launched a new website ( highlighting the renovated spaces at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Gateway Arch, riverfront, and Kiener Plaza – together referred to as Gateway Arch Park. The new website also highlights public events, the Foundation’s membership program and ways the community can support the Arch. While the previous site conveyed the CityArchRiver project and construction updates, the new site focusses on completed park spaces and how the public can enjoy and support the new Arch experience.

Visitors can learn about the legacy of the historic CityArchRiver project on an interactive timeline. Popular features from the old website remain, such as the interactive webcams. “As we near the grand opening of the new park, museum, and visitor center, this new website shows the transformed and active Gateway Arch Park in exciting ways,” said Ryan McClure, director of communications and activation for Gateway Arch Park Foundation.

“We want folks to see that this is their park to enjoy and use with many activities and events all year.” The website makes it easy for visitors to find events in the Gateway Arch Park area and find information on planning their own event – public or private. Visitors can also support the mission of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation by becoming a Gateway Arch Park Friend or shop for new merchandise on the Foundation’s online store – including two new t-shirts designed by STL Style House.

In early 2018, the Foundation, working with the National Park Service, will launch a new section of the website featuring stories from the new Museum at the Gateway Arch, which will have a grand opening July 4, 2018.

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that the Gateway Arch, its grounds, neighboring public space, and attractions are a vital, active, welcoming, wellsupported resource to the community and nation for generations to come. The Foundation is part of an alliance that helps meet this mission, which includes the National Park Service, Bi-State Development, Great Rivers Greenway, Jefferson National Parks Association and the City of St. Louis. For more information, visit