Today we’re talking about a 19th-century whiskey factory in Philadelphia that was transformed into a shabby-chic hotel and restaurant and features exposed brick walls and industrial lighting. Stokes Architecture has, therefore, retained the industrial character while they renovated the interiors for Wm Mulherin’s Son, named after the family that ran the former blending and bottling plant as far back as the 1890s.
The three-storey building in Fishtown was taken over by developer Method Hospitality, which wanted to keep its rough character but create a “cozy and convivial” atmosphere for diners and guests. An Italian restaurant encompasses the ground level, split into three rooms: a bar, a fireside dining space, and a second eating area with an open wood-fired oven and grill.
Four hotel rooms are located on the floors above. Guests check in with the restaurant staff, much like they would at a traditional British pub. Stokes Architecture’s aesthetic for the renovated restaurant is continued in the suites, where historic features are also preserved and touches of Nordic design are added.
Custom-made solid wood furniture by Tim Lewis Studio, lighting by Roll & Hill and Workstead, living plants and cacti, and vintage Persian rugs are all included.
“Surrounded by a simplistic old-world colour palette and whimsical wallpaper, each room features a few relics from the building’s past – from a pulley system used for winching heavy loads to a claw-foot bathtub,” said the team.
The exposed brickwork, dishevelled timber and antique furnishing all point towards the continuing trend for shabby-chic retreats.
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