Recently I’ve decided to start a blog about what interests me most — interior design and architecture. I want to share what I know with the rest of the world about architecture and design. I also hope to learn new things. It seems as if I’ve started this blog just in time for the new year.
I live in the city of Saint Louis. I am lucky to be interning at a well-known architectural design firm downtown in the middle of the city with views of the arch. Today it is snowing and I kept taking so many pictures that it was inspiring me to do a post on the architecture of my own city.
The gateway arch was designed by Eero Saarinen and was constructed between 1963 and 1965. It is as tall as it is wide, and it is an inverted catenary arch. People mistake it as a catenary arch and even a parabola, but a catenary arch hangs upside down like a perfect chain. The arch stands, so it is an inverted catenary arch.
There was a lot of discussion when the arch was being built because the neighborhoods in that area had to be cleared for construction. A lot of these neighborhoods and buildings were also historic so naturally a lot of people didn’t want to tear them down. By clearing the land, people and families were also being displaced. I have had the opportunity to intern for a historic preservation office as well, so I am aware of the importance of historic preservation of buildings and neighborhoods. I, however, believe that this was a good trade off. We had to tear down some historical buildings, but look what we got in return — something even greater.
These are my views of the city from the office. It was snowing so heavily you can barely even see the arch except for the base. It almost looks like fog. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do!