It was decided to build the arch and its colonnade in staff, a material that had been used for the temporary buildings of several World's Fairs. […] After the parade on September 30, 1899, the arch quickly began to deteriorate. An attempt to raise money to have the arch rebuilt with more durable materials failed, and thus the arch was demolished in 1900.
Luckily, we still have these vintage photos from 1899 and 1900 to check it out.
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