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Coffee Break: Benton Park West Tiny House Project

March 31, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

drawing of tiny house


Benton Park West Tiny House Project

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drawing of tiny housegarden bed made of reclaimed materialsThis Tiny House Project is currently under construction in the Benton Park West neighborhood in the City of St. Louis. It is planned to be an environmentally regenerative and one-of-a-kind project. It’s being build on what was once a vacant lot, purchased through the St. Louis City Land Revitalization Authority (LRA). This livable home will use energy saving building concepts such as radiant heating, solar power collection, rainwater collection, and passive heating and cooling concepts. The building itself, inspired by the work of Bob Cassilly, will be created from mostly reclaimed materials. The style will be a unique expression that keeps the historic aesthetic of the neighborhood in mind. Building a 420 square foot house on a 7,000 square foot lot allows space for large permaculture and vegetable gardens.


photo of Dwayne Tiggs and Rikki Watts

Rikki Watts and Dwayne Tiggs

Rikki Watts and Dwayne Tiggs are managing this project. Rikki has extensive organic farming and gardening experience and is no stranger to finding creative ways to reuse materials. She believes that by empowering the community to use reclaimed materials, there will be greater accessibility to art and gardening while diverting waste. Rikki has also worked with nonprofit organizations for the past eight years and has experience organizing and leading workshops, tracking participant data, and reporting on program outcomes.

Tiggs has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Architecture degree. He has designed and built custom pieces for private use and in businesses throughout the St. Louis region for 20 years. Recently, Tiggs has expanded his medium to incorporate reclaimed materials though the design of his current home in Benton Park West and of a glass greenhouse made exclusively from repurposed windows and framing. In collaboration with other architects and engineers, he has designed the Tiny House, and is excited to share his skills and knowledge with the community.


Join us on Saturday, April 1 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm for a special work day at the Benton Park West Tiny House Project with the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Outdoor Youth Corps. Contact Emily Andrews at info@mogreenbuildings.org for more information!

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March 31, 2023
10:00 am - 10:30 am
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