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Center of Creative Arts
St. Louis, Missouri

Center of Creative Arts
30,700 Square Feet
Esley Hamilton Award, Missouri Preservation
The Building of America Plaque of Honor, Construction Communications

In order to serve the growing needs of their students and performing arts community, the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) commissioned Trivers to analyze their existing facilities, develop a master plan, design a new addition, and renovate their existing facility. Completed in subsequent phases, each phase completed was successful in enabling COCA to continue to teach, serve, and support the community during the project’s execution.

Trivers embraced the challenge of creating a design that embodies the owner’s passion for the arts and compliments the existing mid-century architecture. COCA’s home, the former B’nai Amoona Synagogue designed by Eric Mendelssohn in 1946, is one of few contemporary buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building’s addition includes a new visible and accessible entrance lobby, staff offices, materials storage and scene shop, and studio rehearsal spaces. Interior renovations incorporated new performance studios, classrooms, visual arts galleries, mechanical/electrical upgrades throughout the entire facility, and the addition of a black box theatre. The execution embodies COCA's passion for the arts and complements the existing Mendelsohn architecture, yet remains unique to its own form.