Two Historic Buildings in St. Louis Offer Memorable New Event Spaces
Together, Pat and Carol Schuchard have invested in a pair of St. Louis’ historic buildings and applied their joint knowledge and creativity to transform these once forgotten gems into exciting venues for a wide range of events.
For more than thirty-five years, the power couple have been featured artists across several media and at gallery showings across the globe. Despite their artistic acclaim and extensive travel, the Schuchards refused to relent on their belief in St. Louis’ diverse communities and forgotten architecture.
Their most recent project, Majorette, located at 7150 Manchester Road, was originally a furniture store-turned-telemarking firm in Maplewood, complete with outdated “rah rah, you can do it!” motivational posters lining the walls and a bland interior screaming for a makeover. Pat and Carol fell head over heals for its potential. Charged by the inspiration behind the blank space, the duo transformed the drab building into an invigorating and warm place with a capacity of 600, complete with a huge open dance floor, clerestory, mezzanine and lower level game room with an inviting vibe and lively spirit
In addition to remixing Majorette, the pair worked their magic on Boo Cat Club on 812 North Union, carefully restoring the edifice to its original 1908 shine. The building was designed by local architect Louis C. Spiering for the members of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, whose mission of promoting high standards of art appreciation supported the city’s working artists. Spiering’s achievements included developing and planning the layout of the 1904 World’s Fair and The Sheldon Memorial Hall.
Billed as “a cultural venue with a modern sensibility and historic charm” the spacious Boo Cat Club has been reborn for a new century as a unique facility featuring a ballroom, balcony, catacombs and theater space that once hosted performances by Tennessee Williams. The connection to the famed playwright is a vital component to the historical legacy of the building, which earlier this year proudly played host to performances for the St. Louis Tennessee Williams Festival.
Most importantly, Pat and Carol Schuchard’s retrofitting of The Majorette and The Boo Cat Club as “go to” locations represents an import moment for our city’s resurgence in saving historic buildings and transforming them into intimate, state of the art facilities ideal for hosting music, theater productions, dinner parties, weddings, corporate events and a wide array of arts functions.
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