Peeking Inside Richmond, Virginia’s Quirk Hotel

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Katie and Ted Ukrop’s Quirk Gallery has been a roaring success since it debuted in Richmond, VA’s arts and design district in 2005. So successful, in fact, that the brand has recently expanded to include a second Quirk just a few doors down from the original. This new outpost isn’t a second gallery/shop combo, though. It’s an art-focused hotel!

Opening a gallery and starting a hotel are two very different challenges, and not surprisingly, Quirk Hotel was not a speedy project. For the past eight years, Katie and Ted have worked alongside the architects at 3north and the designers of POESIS design to beautifully transform what was once a 100-year-old department store into the newly-minted hotel. Much of the time was spent conceptualizing ways to seamlessly combine customized furniture and fresh, local art with the space’s original architectural details.

The results are so stunning, I’m sure the hotel is bound to get the arts and design district all of the attention it deserves. That is the simple goal behind both of the team’s Quirk projects – to shine a light on Richmond’s often-overlooked design district and its artisans. What better way to get locals and tourists alike to consider visiting the area than by giving them a pretty place where they can dine and stay? Click through to take a further look at the renovation. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Kip Dawkins

  1. Anna says:

    This is amazing! I visited Quirk, the shop last time I was in Richmond and can’t wait to go stay/eat at the hotel.

    Y’all should do a feature on The Durham hotel in Durham, NC. Very similar deal – used to be a bank, first floor coffee bar and restaurant, roof top bar and morning yoga. Super gorgeous inside and makes you feel like you’re on the set of Mad Men.

  2. ashleyj says:

    love the look of the hotel room – especially the wavy-edged nightstand! maybe I can DIY something similar….

  3. Arielle says:

    So happy to see this spot getting some well-deserved recognition! It’s warm and lovely inside and I love showing it off to Richmond visitors.

  4. Andrea says:

    That bathroom sink console in pic 13 is beautiful, but the anal cleaner in my wonders how hard it’s going to be to keep the floor back there clean. That would drive me crazy if I were the house cleaner. I love the re-purposing of the building and the soft touches that are modern and feminine. Looks like a lovely place to stay!


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