All work and no play makes deMx a dull firm. That’s where staff field trips come in. The deMx office took a trip to St. Louis during the first weekend of August to see great architecture and design around the Gateway City, but also to celebrate the work and accomplishments of the firm throughout the year. The field trip, like previous years, was planned and designed as a team-building weekend and budget-friendly opportunity to see great architecture.
The group left on Wednesday morning and drove straight through to stop for lunch at Mission Taco and dessert at boozy ice cream joint Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery, where deMx staff indulged in scoops of maple bourbon, Bailey’s and Kahlua, and cabernet-chocolate ice cream. The trip was off to a happy start. After filling up on tacos and ice cream, the deMx team made their way down the block to the City Museum. Sunny skies and cool breezes filled the afternoon, which helped with the rooftop visits, and only a few got lost in the indoor caverns. After a day of travel and burning the calories from the afternoon’s sustenance, the group went for burgers and limeades at Bailey’s Range before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.
The next day started early and for good reason: It. Was. Hot. Julie checked out the Washington University School of Architecture while the rest of the group visited the St. Louis Zoo. Afterwards, everyone met at the St. Louis Museum of Art, checked out the top exhibits, and drove over to famous BBQ restaurant Pappy’s Smokehouse, where the barbecue was smokey and sweet and the BBQ baked potatoes were as big as a human head. But naps weren’t on the schedule, so the group headed to the Pulitzer and Contemporary Art Museum to see Joe, a large outdoor sculpture, and other modern pieces of modern art. Before heading back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory, the group hit the AIA Bookstore downtown.
Friday was just as packed as Thursday, with the first stop being for brunch at Rooster (mimosas and organic plates were the way to go for travelling Fayettevillians) and the next being an exclusive tour at Busch Stadium – the team was away so there were some more perks than a usual tour, such as going into the press rooms and on to the field itself.
The last stop before heading back to Fayetteville was a little Usonian Frank Lloyd Wright house in Kirkwood (which some group members felt like was a beach town without a beach).
The trip was a tremendous success for St. Louis architectural and design studies, as well as St. Louis eats – who said learning can’t be fun?
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