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Speakeasy Chic: Philly’s Latest Hip Hotel Embraces Its Industrial Past

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Speakeasy Chic: Philly’s Latest Hip Hotel Embraces Its Industrial Past

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is an American tale: an Irishman who immigrated to America at age 15 and made it big, William Mulherin housed his award-winning whiskey’s bottling operation in a corner factory building in Philadelphia’s Fishtown. Later his sons took over the successful enterprise, only to have it all shut down by prohibition.

Years later the landmark building, which still bares his name, is playing host to a new breed of American makers and entrepreneurs. True to its history, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, an Italian-inspired restaurant helmed by chef Chris Painter (and more recently a four-suite hotel) offers a characterful blend of the old and the new. Owner and designer Method Hospitality was careful to preserve much of the landmark building’s industrial character while at the same time embracing the Fishtown’s new creative vibe. Spacious yet homey, each of the hotel’s rooms features original touches, including custom woodwork and metalwork, bespoke furniture, and original wallpaper made and designed by local artisans.

Photography by Matthew Williams.

The hotel&#8
Above: The hotel’s whiskey palette includes wood and leather bar stools by Stellar Works as well as a Workstead Brass Chandelier ($2,150) for a speakeasy feel.
 Relaxed furnishings, original art, and live plants, make each lofty room feel like a home away from home.
Above: Relaxed furnishings, original art, and live plants, make each lofty room feel like a home away from home.
Above L to R: Water is provided in one-gallon jugs with original illustrations by local artist Stacey Rozich. In room one Anthropologie’s Leather Linde Sofa in indigo is flanked by custom metal table by J. Cottingham; $3,798.
Several rooms feature paintings by artist  Alex Kanevsky.
Above: Several rooms feature paintings by artist Alex Kanevsky.
Above: Bespoke kitchens are made with custom wooden cabinets by Tim Lewis Studio and brass hardware by J. Cottingham.
Exposed ducts, pipes, and electrical enhance the industrial vibe.
Above: Exposed ducts, pipes, and electrical enhance the industrial vibe.

In room three, Tillandsia from Field Plant Supply peek out of nooks above a custom bed by Tim Lewis Studio as well as Modo Desk Lamp from Roll & Hill; $5.
Above: In room three, Tillandsia from Field Plant Supply peek out of nooks above a custom bed by Tim Lewis Studio as well as Modo Desk Lamp from Roll & Hill; $520.

Above: A nod to Fishtown’s burgeoning music scene, some rooms are equipped with a custom, handmade sonophonic consoles by Conowingo Americas.
Room four&#8
Above: Room four’s bathroom features an original clawfoot tub.
Above, L to R: More personal touches include Stacy Rozich’s whimsical wallpaper as well as live plants from Field Plant & Supply.
Vintage Persian carpets from Old New House warm the concrete floors.
Above: Vintage Persian carpets from Old New House warm the concrete floors.
Details from the building&#8
Above: Details from the building’s former life include a pulley system used for winching heavy loads.
Helmed by chef Chris Painter, Wm. Mulherin&#8
Above: Helmed by chef Chris Painter, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Italian-inspired restaurant was named one of Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurants.
Like the hotel, the restaurant, which includes a fireside lounge, marries old-world and industrial textures—wood, concrete, leather, and steel—to conjure a modern pub feel.
Above: Like the hotel, the restaurant, which includes a fireside lounge, marries old-world and industrial textures—wood, concrete, leather, and steel—to conjure a modern pub feel.

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