The Dogwood

St. Louis, Missouri

Client: The Social Affair

Size: 8,000 SF

Acclaimed boutique catering provided by The Social Affair commissioned Trivers to help envision “The Dogwood”, a new catering and event space in the heart St Louis’s bustling Grove neighborhood.  The Dogwood, named after the trees surrounding the founder’s Alabama home, renovates a 1941 single story former Kroger grocery store that has been long since vacant.

Encompassing both floors and connected by a custom elliptical staircase as the facility’s main focal point, Trivers leveraged the firm’s ability to create modern adaptations of historic structures. In addition to a full kitchen, the first floor has a comfortable, classic and intimate lounge-like aesthetic with a custom built bar, bold lighting and food display niches where The Social Affair can showcase their unique catering style. The second-floor houses support, prep kitchen, and an open, bright, contemporary space leading to an exterior terrace.  An essential experiential element dictated by the client, a 30’ long folding glass partition opens to the outdoor terrace bringing the outside in and connecting to the energy overlooking the lively urban strip below.

The Dogwood opened in summer 2020.


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