Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. - Headquarters Office - Saint Louis, MO

Our client for this project is a “descendent” financial services firm with a very long St. Louis legacy and expressed business philosophy of placing the interests of clients first, employees second, and stockholders third.

Paradigm Architects studied planning layouts for several prospective office locations before the company decided to settle on an upper floor in 12,680 square feet of space, with views mostly of the northwest part of Clayton, Missouri.

The company’s legacy is expressed in formal portraits of its past chairmen, dating back to 1887. Though space is at a premium in the office, a carefully detailed and well appointed entry lobby welcomes clients and visitors in a gracious and traditional fashion. The combination of classic wood detailing, period furniture, and antiques, along with contemporary office detailing, equipment, and displays speaks both to the firm’s rich legacy and promise for the future.

Primary among several planning challenges was a need to mitigate the potential “tunnel effect” of the long, linear circulation path serving private offices on the north side of the building. This was achieved by carefully “easing” the inside corners of terminal spaces and creating formal passages into the main lobby at the center.

Following the completion of this main office suite, Paradigm Architects was hired to remodel expansion space for this client on two additional floors in the same building.