RICHMOND, VA—Quirk Hotel, A Destination Hotel, a boutique, art-centric hotel is slated to open here in September. The structure’s overhaul and design focuses on capturing the building’s original purpose by honoring its history through unique architectural elements, according to the hotel.
The hotel offers a carefully curated, artistic experience that showcases distinctive art throughout the property’s 75 guestrooms and suites, artisan restaurant, bar, rooftop terrace bar and conference rooms.
Located in an Italian Renaissance building originally built in 1916 as the J.B. Mosby Dry Goods Store and created by New York architectural firm of Starret and Van Vleck, the 60,000-sq.-ft. property is owned by Quirk Hospitality, LLC. Quirk Hotel is the first hotel to open under the development of owners Ted and Katie Ukrop and Quirk Hospitality, LLC, based in Richmond. The Ukrops commissioned Richmond-based architectural firm 3north and Connecticut-based interior design firm Poesis Design.
Details such as the lobby’s segmental arches, groin vault ceiling and ornamental ironwork staircase have been preserved throughout the structure. As an homage to the building’s historic department store days, specially designed glass cases adorn the lobby, housing museum-like objects and collections such as vintage hats, while acting as natural spacing partitions. The lobby’s focal point upon entrance is a major art installation titled “Pile,” created by local artist Susie Ganch.