Walking down a paved sidewalk required to reach arch. Step or ramp available to Arch entrance. Steps and standing required at the Campbell House. Participants can choose to walk extensively at the Botanical Garden or sit on one of the many benches and just enjoy the view.
Breakfast buffet at hotel.
Meet in Room 134 of the hotel at 8:00 am, where we will begin the morning viewing "Monument to the Dream", a documentary about the monumental engineering feat that was required to erect the Gateway Arch. Board the bus to step back in time at the Campbell House Museum. This museum opened in 1943, transferring directly from family ownership to the museum. This preserved not only the Campbell's house but also their collection of original furniture, fixtures, paintings, objects, and thousands of pages of family documents. Included in these documents is a unique album of 60 photographs of the interior of the house from 1885. It looks much the same today as it did in these photographs. Re-board the bus to visit our National Monument, the Gateway Arch, built as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson and all those pioneers for who St. Louis was the Gateway to the West. As we arrive, stop in the Old Cathedral, site of the oldest Catholic parish west of the Mississippi, and location of the baptism of Sacagawea's son. Once at the Arch, you may choose to travel to the top of this 630 foot high stainless steel structure for amazing views of the Gateway City, the Mighty Mississippi, and neighboring Illinois.
Have lunch while listening to a lecture presentation at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Field study of Henry Shaw's dream, the Missouri Botanical Garden. Discover why it is one of the top three botanical gardens in the United States. Explore the garden, Climatron, and more at your leisure. Tram rides are available for $4/person (cash only). Trams depart on the hour and pick up at each stop one hour later. Be aware of last tram pick-up time.
Enjoy the Irish presence in St. Louis tonight at McGurk's Irish Restaurant and Pub.
Optional Movie: "Articulate Space", The Architectural Heritage of St. Louis. A documentary by James F. Scott, that tells a historical story of St. Louis, stressing the relationship between architecture and community life. It shows how the river city of Laclede and Chouteau raised its unique monuments, yet gradually gave way to a city of rails and freeways. It is more than a journey among masterpieces of brick, stone, and metal such as Eads bridge, Sullivan's Wainwright Building, Cass Gilbert's Art Museum. Modernists who have fashioned the new look of the city, including the soaring Saarinen Arch and the renovation of Union Station are also singled out for attention. The real focus of the movie is the St. Louis urban context in which building occurs, the social energy which transforms mere physical space into "life space". Past and present are bound together in intricate and exciting ways.