Detroit Artist’s Test Lab is not only the gallery and artist incubation space that people know about but it’s also the home of Glenn Urquhart and Kira Kessler. Originally built as a dance hall in 1922, the sight was primarily used as storage for 1980’s office equipment when Glen and Kira got their hands on it.
Despite not having much building experience they decided to do much of the work themselves with a lot of focus on rehabbing and upcycling everything. In the kitchen, the counter is made out of a bowling alley with the lights above made from cheese graters and tool boxes used to hold utensils. Storage units serve as closets and car side mirrors act as sconces. If all this sounds a little too industrial for your taste, you’d be happy to find art EVERYWHERE and a baby grand piano in the bathroom.
Attached to Glenn and Kira’s home in the same building is the public Detroit Artists‘s Test Lab space which serves as a great resource for Detroit’s aspiring artistic entrepreneurs. Inside you can find everything from gallery and performance space to offices and business development workshops. Be sure to swing by their vending machine filled with their artists’ own work for a truly unique souvenir.
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