new official plans feature a Cross within the Arch,
the upright member being a bank of four high-speed elevators,
the cross-member being a lower observation deck/refreshment
area 425’ high and holding 400 people comfortably.
Covered with gold-tinted glass, the Cross will be softly
illuminated at night. The Holy Innocents Shrine below
the Arch will seat over 700. The 635’ high upper
observation deck, with 12 windows bearing the names
of the 12 Apostles, will hold 800 comfortably. From
there secondary elevators and stairs will access the
Chapel of the Triumph, 655’ high and seating 275.
The Arch’s blue, star-embossed dome is topped
by an illuminated cross pattée having a representation
of a white Eucharistic host in its center. The Arch
is covered with gold pre-finished aluminum metal cladding.
Its forecourt will feature a monumental, golden statue
of the Holy Family, and classical columns supporting
lintels on which titles of Mary in the great Litany
of Loreto are engraved in gold.