Back in May the City of St. Louis selected Pat & Carol Schuchard as the developers to take on the vacant landmark Bevo Mill at 4749 Gravois Avenue. The Schuchards, redevelopers and owners of event spaces the Boo Cat Club and Majorette, purchased the building for $500K. Planned was a $3.3M renovation and the addition of a biergarten.
It has been hoped the biergarten would be open by fall 2016, but things haven’t gone as quickly as planned. Renovation presented some surprises, and higher cost, and so the new owners sought and received a 10-year tax abatement. Originally, few if any incentives were to be granted to the project.
Now the developer is set to present plans by Killeen Studio Architects for biergarten addition at the north end of the property. While the design echoes some materials in the historic structure, it presents a very much contemporary design. The city’s Cultural Resources Office is recommending the Preservation Board support the addition to the city landmark, noting the biergarten will not require any new openings, and its impact on Bevo Mill will be easily reversible.
Bevo Mill is the centerpiece of the National Register Bevo Mill Commercial Historic District (PDF).