Sqwires Restaurant and Market opened in 2001 in St Louis’ premiere historic neighborhood, Lafayette Square. It is a part of the Wireworks Development including five historical buildings on an entire city block. Sqwires includes a 175-seat restaurant, an urban market for neighbors and tenants, as well as a 125-seat banquet center. The renovation took advantage of its previous life as a wire manufacturing building by exposing the brick and heavy timber building shell as well as belts and pulleys from previous manufacturing use. We used this industrial/historical backdrop and added contemporary elements to create a tension between the ages.

Location: Lafayette Square, 1415 S 18th St, St. Louis, MO 63104
Client: Bethany Budde
Cost: $500,000.00
Completed: 2000