St. Louis Business Journal
Sep 21, 2017, 10:45am
Runner Up: Public/Private Project – More Than $10 million
The National Blues Museum, located at 615 Washington Ave. in downtown St. Louis, added another cultural element to the burgeoning Mercantile Exchange (MX) entertainment district.
The $14 million, 23,000-square-foot museum features about 16,000 square feet of exhibit space on the same floor. An interactive experience for museum goers lets visitors create their own blues riff during their trip.
There are also two private event rental spaces offered by the museum.
In the three months after opening, the National Blues Museum had more than 11,000 visitors walk through its doors and sold more than 500 memberships.
The building housed a Dillard’s department store from 1984 to 2001.
Pinnacle Entertainment in December 2012 pledged $6 million to the museum project, $4 million of which was given through the Tax Credit for Contribution Program. About $2 million of that donation was used to pay architects and other planners.
Other donors included Peabody Energy, Bunge, Bryan Cave, Emerson Electric, the Regional Arts Commission and Alexander Schoch, former executive vice president and chief legal officer at Peabody.
Gallagher & Associates, of San Francisco, provided exhibit work for the project.
About the project
Contractor: BSI Constructors Inc.
Architect: V Three Studios
Engineers: KPFF, McClure Engineering
Interior Design: Gallagher & Associates
Financing: Spinnaker, Pinnacle Entertainment, Missouri Development Finance Board, private donations