April 22, 2021
Historic Club’s Renovation Reimagines Dated Dining Spaces
In late 2017, as part of a broader effort to update and remodel the club, management engaged Detroit-based McIntosh Poris Associates to help reimagine and modernize The Grill Room. The result, unveiled to members in fall 2019 and awarded a 2020 Interior Design Honor Award by AIA Michigan, is one restaurant, renamed The Gallery | The Fresco, designed to celebrate unique features of each of its main rooms while offering a cohesive experience.
“The goal was to create both flexibility and a sense of intimacy, which was lacking in The Gallery space before,” Poris says. “We tried to do that in part by dividing up the space and using a variety of seating styles. The cellar table adds another experiential element to the room. It’s really beautiful and is used for multiple purposes, from wine tastings and chef demos to just being a nice spot where guests who don’t want a full-blown dinner can enjoy a glass of wine and a snack.”