The arch was built in central Koningstad (Koningstad Centrum) from 1787-88 and it was designed by Alexander McCarow. It was made out of stone in a Baroque style. After James Carrington's death in 1802, there were plans to remove the arch, but it was eventually never taken down. The arch was later changed to be a monument to soldiers of historic wars in Brunant in 1890. During the the German invasion in 1941, German soldiers paraded through the arch like they did in Paris in 1940.