The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and The Hard Hats Who Built The Gateway Arch, 2nd Edition, is an updated version of Jim Merkel’s very popular 2014 book about the Gateway Arch. The original book contained well-known, and rare, stories about the visionaries, finaglers, protesters, and fearless-and-skilled hands involved in an incredible undertaking that courted as much controversy as it did enthusiasm. With dozens of new pictures, the second edition includes that information, plus new details about how Gateway Arch designer Eero Saarinen used math to give the monument its peculiar shape. There are new chapters about the “building climbers” who rappelled down the Arch to take samples of strange stains on its surface, the $380 million “do-over” of the Arch grounds and the name change to the Gateway Arch National Park.
Jim Merkel grew up in Webster Groves and has been a St. Louis journalist since 1991. He is the author of several books about St. Louis and lives in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of South St. Louis with his wife, Lorraine.
Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event courtesy of The Novel Neighbor.