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