A new concert and event venue is coming to Downtown West. Hawthorn, a 10,000 square foot space named after Missouri’s state flower, is slated to open in the fall.
In addition to concerts, the venue at 2225 Washington Avenue will host weddings, banquets, galas and other events.
Configurations are flexible, with capacity ranging from 300 (banquet-style seating) to 1,300 (standing).
Marathon Live, a management company based in Nashville, Tennessee, is behind the project. Construction began in February and is expected to be completed in September.
The Hawthorn comes on the heels of the Factory in Chesterfield and St. Louis Music Park in Maryland Heights, which debuted in 2021, and the return of the Ready Room, which is moving to the Grove this summer.
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“Our goal is not to disrupt anything that already exists, but to complement it,” says Hawthorn co-owner Josh Billue. “It’s important to be an asset to the community.
He and co-owner Matt Abbott understand concerns that there are already several music venues in the area. But they say hawthorn offers something different.
“I’m in Nashville, and everyone is trying to get venues there,” Billue says. “The easiest way to say it’s ticket sales will determine if there are too many.
“Nobody does exactly what we do. The Pageant is a great example. It is a magnificent room, fitted out to be a concert hall. It is difficult to organize an event there (different from a concert) because of the way it is designed.
Hawthorn will occupy a former car garage which Billue says was built in the 1940s or 1950s.
“That’s what makes it interesting – being in a space that’s not designed for that purpose,” says Billue. “We have a building with a lot of character and a story to tell, and we wanted to add to that. You walk into the space, and there’s definitely a vibe. It’s easy to see the cool things in the building that we want to accentuate.
He says it’s too early to tell if the space will lean more towards concerts or other events.
“The city determines who we are,” he says. “What shows we book and what type of events is determined by what St. Louis wants to see and how it wants to see the space used.”
At the end of the concert, Aubépine will present all sorts of shows. Much will be trial and error.
“We are open to anything,” says Billue. “We’re going to cast a wide net and be as diverse as possible.”
Several concerts are already scheduled, but none have yet been announced. The venue will release its first batch of shows soon.
The Hawthorn will work with major and independent concert promoters and producers, both locally and nationally.
“We can work with anyone in St. Louis to bring more shows to market,” Billue says. “That’s what we aim to do.”
The team behind Hawthorn also owns a similar property in Kansas City called Truman, which opened in 2017. There are also spaces in Nashville; Chattanooga, TN; and Little Rock, Arkansas. The company’s first was Marathon Music Works, which opened in 2011 in Nashville.
“They’re all fine,” Billue said. “COVID was difficult. But we were in a privileged situation and kept all our employees, which allowed us to take a place in Saint-Louis.
Where Hawthorn, 2261 Washington Avenue • More information 314-887-0877; thehawthornstl.com