During a brief outdoor and socially distanced ceremony, Mayor Lyda Krewson tonight officially flipped the switch on new exterior lighting at City Hall that was generously donated by the Gateway Foundation.

“We are enormously grateful to the Gateway Foundation for this magnificent gift that will illuminate one of the St. Louis region’s most iconic buildings,” said Mayor Krewson. “After more than a century, this grand and historic building will at last be on gorgeous display each night and add to downtown’s sparkle and vibrancy.”

Previously, St. Louis City Hall was only lit at night by a few rudimentary floodlights. However, thanks to the Gateway Foundation, it is now lit nightly by about 120 new LED lighting fixtures that cover all four sides of the building in dramatic exterior up-lighting and accent key features, including entry portals and the clock on the Tucker Boulevard (east) side.

Gateway’s contribution, valued at $400,000, includes all lamps, lighting fixtures, poles, wiring, and any other equipment. The City will be responsible for maintenance and the cost of utilities, which is expected to be minimal per year.