Gallerists Terese Reyes and Bridget Finn have set up their first permanent home in Detroit, taking over a former bank that wears its history in plain sight.
The 4,600 sq ft corner building on 1500 Trumbull Street in Corktown was built in 1900 and later used as a youth community athletics centre. Its hall served as a basketball court, the markings of which have been retained as part of the building’s light adaptive reuse.
Soaring 24-ft-high ceilings and crown plaster mouldings crown the gallery space, which has been inaugurated by group show Senior Coconut. It features artworks by Eddie Martinez, Rafael de la Cruz, and Gerasimos Floratos.
Reyes and Finn have used a light hand converting the building for its new role, whitewashing the walls and installing mountable partitions to hang artworks. Even the basketball hoops have been left in place – a nod to its eclectic past.