National Geographic : 1965 Nov
almost unbelievable. We estimate that three million visitors a year will be admiring the memorial. And the old riverfront," the quiet spoken official added, "is going to be one of the finest landscapes in the country." Along the site's west boundary, I watched giant machines scoop out a new roadbed for the Third Street Memorial Drive. Now the highway is below ground level, out of sight; traffic noise will not mar the serenity of ba silica and memorial. A short distance southeast, I could see the skeletal steel of the Poplar Street Bridge, a new-type span in which reinforced I beams beneath the roadway eliminate the need for any superstructure. By late 1966 or early 1967, the low-profile bridge, eight lanes wide and toll free, will carry Interstate Routes 55 and 70 across the Mississippi. Diners to Revolve Above Stadium A few blocks southwest, the $24,000,000 Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium and other structures were rising. Here in down town St. Louis, dust was flying as 82 acres were being razed and rebuilt. Besides the 55,000-seat stadium, which will open next year, the complex will include parking garages and office buildings, and a towering motel with a revolving restaurant on top (right). Total cost: $89,000,000. Looking toward the national memorial's northwest corner, I spotted the start of the $52,000,000 Mansion House Center: three 28-story luxury apartment towers, commer cial buildings, and retail shops. A handsome mall is to extend about a quarter mile west; someday it may run all the way to renovated Mill Creek Valley. And across the river will be the new home of the nonprofit National Museum of Transport, KODACHROMEBY ARTHUR L. WITMAN © N.G.S. Daring in concept, awe some in execution, Gateway Arch dominates the city's sky line in this artist's rendition of the completed structure. Its graceful curve frames the Old Courthouse; new stadium and columnar motel stand at left. Scissor jack, a temporary sup port, connects the two legs as the arch nears completion. The jack can expand or contract to facilitate fitting of the keystone segment. Excursion boat S.S. Admiral heads downriver.