The beautification of a half-acre site adjacent to the Eads Bridge. A charming plaza close to the Arch Grounds for use by the millions of tourists and local St. Louisans alike.
The Katherine Ward Burg Memorial Garden, named for the St. Louis photographer who cherished the riverfront, will function as the primary gateway for pedestrians traveling under the Eads Bridge from the nearby Arch Grounds. This new social destination, identified by its iconic trellis, is a beacon to attract people walking through the arches of the Eads Bridge and drawing them toward the new riverfront park, an ideal destination for the millions of Arch Ground tourists and St. Louisans.
This Garden has direct access to the East Riverfront Metrolink station located inside the bridge and makes for a more visible regional asset. The trellis is designed as a modern architectural icon, in respectful contrast to the historic architecture of the Eads Bridge. The pavilion is shifted to the far northwest corner of First Street and Lucas Avenue to improve its visibility and anchor the urban corner. This location, atop a stepped terrace, offers impressive views of the Eads Bridge and to the Mississippi River. The pavilion can accommodate numerous functions, including an information kiosk, bike rental or bike share, a dining terrace, public restrooms, and an observation deck, all celebrating the fantastic view toward the River.
Gently stepped terraces provide convenient ramp access from First Street down to Commercial Street. The terrace forms a small amphitheater, which could accommodate seating for small impromptu performances and movie nights on the lower Plaza. The lower Plaza also provides ample space for fairs and farmer’s markets, to activate the southern end of the Commercial Street Corridor. This Plaza has the potential to extend east, to include the Commercial Street right-of-way, continuing the stepping terraces meandering down to Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd.