This summer in East Village, just north of Jefferson and east of Indian Village, a new art gallery and community space will activate the site of a former church. The new district is called Little Village, and the rectory of the church will open this May as a new bed and breakfast called ALEO.

Led by the Library Collective and Anthony and JJ Curis, ALEO is named after "the metaphorical symbols of an Angel, Lion, Eagle, and Ox," which were once on a mural in the church. The bed and breakfast will have artwork from 30 Detroit artists, or artists with roots in Detroit, and will have furniture from Michigan makers and/or local vintage furniture. ALEO is seen as a place for artists and those seeking out culture to stay. It will have four guest suites, a suite for the director, as well as a large common space on the first floor with a library, sun room, dining space, and chef's kitchen. The space at ALEO was designed by Holly Jonsson Studio at ROSSETTI.

The Modern Ancient Brown Foundation will be housed on the third floor. The foundation supports both visual and literary artists and has an artist residency program. It will also support four visiting fellows each year, and ALEO will have space for those visiting through the program.

James Beard-award winning Warda Bouguettaya will supply breakfast, and is also opening a patisserie on site in the Little Village this summer. Expect additional announcements and openings within Little Village throughout the year, kicking off with the new gallery the Shepherd, which will open May 18.

See additional photos of ALEO in the gallery above.