This understated refresh of Detroit’s historic Gem Theater plays homage to the venue’s Spanish Revival architectural style while reinvigorating the interior with rich color and texture. 

The creamy white walls and soft blue ceilings in the main level event space compliment the original walnut of the ornate columns and beams. The space’s floor is an abstract take on the floral motifs of traditional woven rugs and adds a modern twist while remaining period appropriate. The room is outfitted with rich leather club chairs and traditional Stickley furniture that feel perfectly at home in the traditional interior. 

In the space’s second story theater the delicate reds and blues of  an existing William Morris wall covering are given a refresh with the addition of a striking blue paint and the continuation of the main level’s golden and rust infused carpeting. The lower level takes a moodier turn. The extensive walnut paneling surrounding the existing fireplace is highlighted by deep green walls and the soft glow of aged brass sconces with linen shades. 

The Gem Theater’s interior refresh proves that thoughtful and period-appropriate design interventions can make an exceptional interior even better.


Detroit, MI

  • Interior Design
  • Furniture Specification
  • Furniture Procurement
Project Team
  • Mary Eskin
  • Molly Kalep
  • Patrick Thompson
  • Taylor Bryan