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, as well as a way to reflect on our work and accomplishments throughout the year. Like with previous years, this trip was planned and designed as a team-building and budget-friendly opportunity to see great architecture.
It began Wednesday morning with a drive straight through to St. Louis. Our first stop was for lunch at Mission Taco, followed by dessert at boozy ice cream joint, Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery, where we 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, we made our way to the City Museum. Sunny skies and cool breezes filled the afternoon, which helped with the rooftop visits, and only a few were lost to the indoor caverns. After the day of travel and burning the calories, the group went for burgers and limeades at Bailey’s Range before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.
Thursday began early and for good reason: It. Was. Hot. Julie checked out the Washington University School of Architecture while the rest visited the St. Louis Zoo. Afterwards, everyone met at the St. Louis Museum of Art to view the top exhibits, followed by a trip 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. With naps not being on the schedule, the group then visited the Pulitzer and Contemporary Art Museum to see Joe, a large outdoor sculpture, and other 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 in downtown St. Louis.
Friday was just as packed, with the first stop being for brunch at Rooster (mimosas and organic plates were the way to go for traveling Fayettevillians) followed by an exclusive tour at Busch Stadium. Unfortunately, the team was away so there were some more perks than usual – such as entering the press rooms and taking the field.
Our final stop before returning 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?