Modesto Arch Monument Unveiled
The blue tarp was untied and Modesto’s official arch monument was unveiled this morning, with representatives from the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, the City of Modesto and Estanislao Chapter No. 58 of E Clampus Vitus.The monument, which includes a brief history of the arch, is the final piece of the arch restoration project.
The monument reads:
“The Modesto arch was erected in 1912 by the Modesto Business Men’s Association, the predecessor to the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. The arch was intended to be the centerpiece of Modesto’s growing downtown. A contest was held to decide on the proposed design for the structure as well as the slogan which graces the arch. Final design was submitted by Modesto architect Bernard Joseph. The slogan chosen was ‘Water Wealth Contentment Health.’
Over the years the arch was repainted different colors and the flags were removed. By 2012, it was badly in need of repair. The
Modesto Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the City of Modesto, undertook the task of repairing and restoring the arch to its original glory.
This huge project was made possible by the donation of time, materials, labor and money from many local individuals and organizations.”
On hand at today’s monument unveiling were Modesto Chamber of Commerce CEO Cecil Russell, City Manager Greg Nyhoff, Chamber Board Member Mike Moradian, and E Clampus Vitus representatives Don Lucas and Mike Stavrakakis.
“The continued commitment to restore and maintain the arch through private donations has been impressive,” said Mike Moradian. “This was a $120,000 project started in early 2012 and it’s fulfilling to see everyone’s hard work pay off.”
Lucas and Stavrakakis took part in building the monument, a process that took four months.
“Cecil [Russell] wanted to know if we would build the monument and we were glad to help,” said Don Lucas, whose chapter of E Clampus Vitus builds monuments all over Stanislaus and Merced Counties.
“We are grateful for these gentlemen who constructed this monument,” said Greg Nyhoff. “After all these years, we have a restored arch to welcome our citizens and visitors and a monument to tell the story.”
Buried near the monument is a time capsule, which will remain undisturbed until 2062.