New Quirk Hotel also serves as art gallery

New Quirk Hotel also serves as art gallery

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Quirk is not your usual hotel. It's also a giant art gallery where you can buy the paintings right off the walls.

"We have a lot of local artists prominently displayed through the hotel," co-owner Ted Ukrop explains.

The Quirk Hotel is the creation of Ted Ukrop and his wife Katie, who owns the Quirk Art Gallery that is moving in next door from its location down the street.

The couple renovated the building into a hotel, which was once a dry goods store built in 1916. However, launching a hotel is new for the couple, who's family is known for the former Ukrop's grocery stores.

"We love old buildings, we love the City of Richmond, and we love Broad Street." Ukrop says.

The lobby is a marriage of Richmond's old and new. Among the Italian Renaissance arches are modern day artisans, selling hand-made hats and blankets.

"Handwoven, hand dyed, locally made," an artisan says, who showed us her blankets.

The restaurant, Maple and Pine, will be led by a seasoned hotel chef, and each of the 74 rooms will feature different pieces of art.

"So these are the western rooms, this particular one is a double double," Ukrop says, showing us a guest room. "The beds are made out of the floor boards from the building next door. That's a Michael Pierce on the wall," pointing to a painting of a rabbit.

Crowning it all will be a rooftop lounge with a 360-degree view of the city.

"It's the only place with this type of view, with the exception of maybe the City Hall observation deck," Ukrop says.

Back down in the lobby, guests can walk directly into a courtyard, where they can open the roof of the building next door. They'll be able to dine or hold events there, while look right into the windows at the art on the new Quirk Gallery walls.

The first fifty rooms are occupied during this first week with visitors for the UCI Road World Cycling Championships, and we've heard actor Daniel Radcliffe is staying there.  He is in town filming the movie "Imperium."

We had to ask Ukrop if that was the case. "I don't know anything about that," he says.

However, no matter who guests are, the Ukrop's hope they'll all walk away with a similar experience.

"This might sound trite, but we want people to feel better when they leave than when they came in," Ukrop says.

The Quirk Hotel is located at the corner of West Broad and Jefferson in Richmond's Arts and Cultural District.

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