The Shepherd is a new art gallery, performance space, and community center planned for the East Village neighborhood of Detroit — a residential area that has long been subject to population decline and urban blight. Our clients own and run a downtown Detroit gallery that specializes in large-scale public art collaborations, and will be expanding their gallery operations and programming into the renovated church space. The plans will strategically transform the church interior to expand its use while leaving the exterior of the church in its original form.
The project aims to be both local and global. It will be a new anchoring institution for the neighborhood, echoing the role the church once played in East Village as a space for community gathering, while also serving as an art gallery, lecture hall, and performance space for global art audiences.
Part of a 3.75 acre master plan that Peterson Rich Office is developing with the landscape design firm OSD, the adaptive reuse of The Shepherd will be the first phase in the creation of a new creative core for the East Side of Detroit. Future projects will include new artist live/work spaces, a bar/restaurant/cafe, and expanded exhibition space with art storage. True to the core mission of our clients, the master plan will feature key partnerships with local artists and community members.