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About Sue & Tom

Sue & Tom: living in St. Louis, Missouri

We have been wanting to live in a place that would support rather than confine our many hobbies and interests. Finally, in Fall 2009, we found just the place. The process of getting here has been long and complicated, and we hope you might find it interesting. We have certainly learned a lot since we started down this path.

We have been a couple for many years and have known each other even longer. We are both Architects who were best friends that fell in love. We no longer work together but we are both Principals in our respective St. Louis architecture firms. Neither of us are St. Louis natives – Sue hails from Flemington, New Jersey, and Tom is from upstate New York, Virginia, Oklahoma, THEN to Missouri.

Sue and Tom

Our creative interests include (but are not limited to): watercolor, pottery, drawing, woodworking, gardening, welding, knitting (yes, both of us, though Sue is an expert and Tom a novice) and any combination of them.

Sue is a Julia Child groupie, in that she loves experimenting with the creation and sharing of a wonderful meal. Together Sue & Tom design an annual multi-course meal, aka The Big Dinner, for four to six special guests, consisting of a theme and a special menu with selected music. Tom creates a collaborative graphic menu and special keepsake for all of the guests. Sue creates the meal.

We use our expertise as architects combined with our projects at the B.A.B. as teaching tools contributing to two great St. Louis organizations that help young kids develop problem-solving design skills and constructions skills: Building Futures and the Alberti Program. We present topics ranging from “What makes a neighborhood” to “How to design fun places for pets.” We connect real world problems to critical thinking skills.

Our first wonderful Border Collie is named Lucy. In her younger days, she would run straight towards a tree and claw her way up the trunk to about 12′ high – truly a hilarious and amazing feat.

Lucy’s favorite climbing tree

If you’d like to see a video of Lucy in her tree-climbing days, click here.

We promised Lucy that she could have a sister dog once we get settled into the new place, so now  Lily is part of the BAB family.

Lucy and Lily both love to look our over the neighborhood from their perch at the top of the stairs

Lucy and Lily both love to look out over the neighborhood from their perch at the top of the stairs

Sadly, in December 2017, we said good-bye to Lucy. Typical for us, we made a tribute video to Lucy: Good-Bye Lucy. We are hoping to get another border collie sister for Lily as soon as possible.

Want to start from the beginning? Then start at our very first post here. Or if you don’t want to read a jabillion words we’ve written, checkout the summary on Timeline page.

Thanks for visiting!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2021 5:41 am

    I just came across your adventure via Grand-Bates Rag. How fun!

    I grew up here and my wife and I just relocated here after living in California for a long time. We’re in an Airbnb in the same area while we search for our dream shop (uhmmm, dream house with a shop). Needless to say, your tale resonated with me.

    I was a little worried that my dreams for a bigger and better workshop were unreasonable, but I feel completely normal (if not inadequate) now — so thank you 🙂

    • Tom permalink*
      June 13, 2021 12:07 pm

      Hi Joe – thanks for visiting our blog! I’m slightly embarrassed because we haven’t updated the “About Sue & Tom” page in quite a while. Hopefully – you’ll see a lot more blog activity, as we are getting closer to starting our second floor renovation.

      After 10+ years we have had so many challenges but we have no regrets! I wish you luck in finding a great live/work property.
      Tom & Sue

  2. April 30, 2016 7:30 pm

    Hi Sue, It was great bonding with the book group at the BAB–so awesomely cool!

    • Sue permalink*
      May 1, 2016 2:12 pm

      Glad you could see it before you head west.

  3. Deborah Richie permalink
    April 29, 2016 5:47 pm

    Sue, thanks for the tour of your wonderful BAB last night! Really enjoyed– I can’t stop talking to my hubs about it.!

    • Sue permalink*
      May 1, 2016 2:11 pm

      We’ll have to find a time to get him over here- Tell him to wear his work clothes!

  4. janna permalink
    April 29, 2016 10:28 am

    Hey Sue and Tom, I had so much fun hanging out at the B.A.B. last night! I hope to see lots of changes and progress with your endeavors. Such a unique project. Have a great weekend!

    • Sue permalink*
      April 29, 2016 11:28 am

      Thanks Janna- We’re looking forward to a lot of progress, too!

  5. Jaymes Dearing permalink
    August 29, 2010 8:26 am

    Enjoyed meeting you on Saturday morning.
    Glad that you are taking on this building.
    Again- if i can be of any assistance, please let me know.
    314 351-4099.

  6. Patrick Kelly permalink
    August 23, 2010 6:58 am

    Tom and Sue are the most creative, craziest people I have ever met and I have met a lot of people. The blog is fantastic although I cannot imagine how they can find the time to keep it current. On seeing their tremendous progress I officially withdraw my offer of a small quantity of unspecified explosives for use in “fixing” the BAB.

    • Tom permalink*
      August 23, 2010 8:50 am

      PTK – glad you are keeping up with the blog now that we only see you once a month. But can I still have the “small quantity of unspecified explosives”?

  7. Sue permalink
    July 9, 2010 10:33 am

    Even thought Tom’s exploits are widely extolled, he has managed to keep his identity under wraps, until now! He didn’t surface in StL until after college, putting out some cover story about not being from OK. He must have been running from something…

  8. July 8, 2010 9:26 pm

    You are totally nuts. And you seemed like such a NICE girl! 😉 And do I know this Tom fellow?

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