This Artist and Designer’s Philly Rowhome Has Awesome Gallery Walls

published Dec 8, 2023

This Artist and Designer’s Philly Rowhome Has Awesome Gallery Walls

published Dec 8, 2023
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“My house and I found each other when we needed each other most,” begins Mitch Wiesen, an artist and designer. “Back in 2018 I met a girl, we fell in love, and we decided to move from South Philly to Kentucky. A few years and a whole lot of heartbreak later, we were staring down an impending divorce.” 

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“The day we decided to end things was the last day any tears fell for that failed marriage — I immediately opened my laptop, typed in, and applied for three rowhomes in South Philly, sight unseen. The home I’m in now was one of those three rowhomes. And when I arrived 10 days later, the house welcomed me (and my air mattress) with open arms.” 

The home, which Wiesen shares with cats, Fish and Grandpa, is located in South Philadelphia’s East Passyunk. “Some friends disparagingly call my neighborhood ‘The Cheesesteak District’ due to its close proximity to two warring cheesesteak spots, Pat’s and Geno’s, which are adored by tourists and despised by locals in near equal amounts. (Personally, if I’m looking for a quick walk and a great steak, I’m going to Cosmi’s, and I’m ordering it ‘wiz wit.’),” Wiesen admits.

Wiesen currently works as a senior designer at the employee-owned agency Truth & Consequences, and is the founder of the small font foundry, Deli Fresh Type Co. They’re also an adjunct professor in typography at the Tyler School of Art & Architecture, as well as a “community taught tattooer, freelance illustrator, occasional printmaker, wannabe interior designer, and a long-time lover of overly lengthy lists.” 

And when it comes to the rowhome and its design, they completely threw themselves into “loving this old house. I ripped down the cheap vinyl wall mural of misty mountain trees in the second bedroom. I cleaned, and I caulked, and I painted, and I replaced old rusty hardware, and the house and I settled into loving each other.”

Wiesen admits that the house needed “a pretty serious helping hand” when they first moved in. “Most rooms could be improved with some scrubbing and a fresh coat of paint, but the bathroom was in need of the most help by far. It came with off-white ’80s tile; rusted-over light fixtures; mismatched hardware made of brass, chrome, wood, and plastic; and, best of all, a blue ’50s tub.” 



  • Card Catalog — Jinxed, Philadelphia
  • Talavera Tile & Tin Mirror — The Antique Warehouse, NJ
  • M.A. Hadley Ceramic Horse Plate — Crazy Daisy Vintage (permanently closed), Louisville
  • Horseshoe Catchall Dish — Fleur De Flea, Louisville 
  • Candle Holders — Yesternook Vintage, Louisville
  • Ceramic Hand — Goodwill
  • Wood Magazine Holder — Fillmore Vintage (permanently closed), Kansas City
  • Tortoiseshell Vase — Goodwill
  • Floral Arrangement — Fruitcake Flowers
  • Arched Floor Mirror — Facebook Marketplace
  • Green Metal Bucket — Retrospect Vintage, Philadelphia
  • Checkered Beni Ourain Rug — BoujaadcarpetsArt


  • Leather Sofa — Poly & Bark
  • Utility Cart Side Table — Retrospect Vintage, Philadelphia
  • Red White & Blue Roller Skate Case — Retrospect Vintage, Philadelphia
  • Orange Nesso Lamp — Etsy
  • Ceramic Thumbs Up — The Neon Flea, Louisville
  • Amber Glass Ashtray — Yesternook Vintage, Louisville
  • Berber Moroccan Rug — CarpetsAbdelhadi
  • Coffee Table — Refurbished FBMP
  • Teak Tray — GreatHouse, New Jersey
  • Porcelain Hands Ashtray — Stickball, Philadelphia
  • Billiard Ball — GreatHouse, New Jersey
  • Marble Canister — FBMP
  • Amber Jars — FBMP
  • Dalmation Box — Seek & Find, Louisville
  • Gold Grinder — Sackville & Co.
  • Crochet Blanket — Oddballs Nifty Thrift, Florida
  • Green Velvet Cantilever Chair — FBMP
  • Milk Crates — FBMP
  • Locker Room Bench — FBMP
  • Chrome Cube Pipe — Laundry Day
  • Nemadji Pottery — FBMP
  • Buster (taxidermied chipmunk) — by Sarah Jane Moore
  • Black Grecian Bust — Jinxed, Philadelphia
  • Blanket Rack — Chick’s Discount Saddlery 
  • Bar Sconce Light — FBMP
  • Antique Philco Radio — FBMP
  • Shelves — Handmade
  • Select Glassware — Tim’s Picks, Cincinnati
  • Spirits, Syrups & Bitters — Art in the Age, Philadelphia


  • No Smoking Enamel Sign — Stickball, Philadelphia
  • Small etchings — Unknown Artist, Mexico
  • Pointing Wooden Hand — Thunderbird Salvage, Philadelphia
  • “M” Marquee Letters — Fleur De Flea, Louisville
  • World Peace Weaving — Gaudmother
  • Industrial Safety Pin — FBMP
  • “Super” Car Ornament — Stickball, Philadelphia
  • Nelson Eye Clock — Lifted From My Mother’s House
  • Brass Cowboy Hat — Velvet Goldmine, Chicago
  • Painting of a Woman Reclining — Made by Me
  • Star face etching — Made by Me
  • TI-O-GA Feedbag — Joys Antiques, Pennsylvania
  • Have A Nice Day Tray — FBMP
  • Antique Sock Stretcher — Stickball, Philadelphia
  • Kandinsky Needlepoint — Made by My Great-Grandmother, Ida
  • Portrait Photograph — My Great-Grandmother Ida
  • Pen Drawing of a Tree — Made by My Mom
  • “One Day Dry Cleaning” Sign — Obscura Antiques (permanently closed), NYC
  • Small house weaving — Brownsville Antique Center
  • Flower Vase Painting — Made by Me
  • 45 LP — Found in the bottom of an FBMP dresser
  • Lou Rawls Poster — Antique Village, Long Beach Island
  • Rodeo Pennant — Vice & Graft, New Orleans
  • Paintbrush — FBMP
  • Giampolini Back Patch — Squirrel Vintage
  • Ladies Sign — Vice & Graft, New Orleans


  • Saarinen Tulip Dining Table — Jinxed, Philadelphia
  • Heywood Wakefield High School Chairs — FBMP
  • Cowhide Rug — FBMP
  • Mid-Century Credenza — Love City Vintage, Philadelphia
  • Woven Bamboo Tray — Yesternook Vintage, Louisville
  • Cylindrical Vase — West Elm
  • Flower Arrangements — Fruitcake Flowers
  • Ceramic Vase — Urban Mining, Kansas City
  • Wall Mount Vinyl Storage — Hudson HiFi
  • Record Player — IKEA
  • Amp — FBMP
  • Large Ceramic Hand — Low Timers, New Orleans
  • Nemadji Pottery — FBMP
  • Miller’s Pretzels Tin — Jinxed, Philadelphia
  • Iron Hand Curtain Tieback — Eyes Gallery, Philadelphia
  • Open Weave Curtain — VntgStylStore
  • Texas Weiners Signs — Found
  • Light Bulb Pendant Light — ChezlManouche


  • Butcher Block Table — FBMP
  • Fincken Etching Press — Shelley Thorstensen
  • Shelves — Handmade
  • Wall Caddy — A Four Foot Prune, Philadelphia
  • Enamelware — A Four Foot Prune, Philadelphia
  • Graniteware — Tickled Pink Antique Mall, Louisville
  • Colorful Soup Crocks — Goodwill
  • Wiesen’s Bakeshop photograph — My great grandfather’s bakery, with the family outside, taken sometime in the 1920s
  • Firesafe Cabinet — Ebay
  • Obey Poster — by Shepard Fairey (Purchased with my Bat Mitzvah money in 2009)
  • Chrome and Leather Stool — Yesternook Vintage, Louisville
  • School Lockers — FBMP
  • Marquee Sign — FBMP
  • Donut Shop Sign — Antique Village, Long Beach Island
  • Bachman Pretzel Tin — FBMP
  • Rug — A Four Foot Prune, Philadelphia
  • Stainless Serving Cart — Fantes Kitchen Shop 
  • Nelson Bubble Lamp — My 11th Birthday Gift



  • Green Watchmakers Desk — ​Thunderbird Salvage
  • Tubular Stool — Betsu Studio
  • Zine Rack — Displays2Go
  • Floor Lamp — FBMP
  • Daybed Frame — IKEA
  • Quilt — 80s Crate & Barrel
  • Wood Machinist Cabinet — FBMP
  • Kids Camp Trunk — FBMP
  • Rug — FBMP
  • South Philly Dives poster — Made by me
  • Record Sticker Poster — Made by me
  • Remaining Risograph Posters — Sunroom Monthly Flyers Club


  • Shower Curtain — West Elm
  • Bath Mat — West Elm
  • Mirror — Amazon
  • Shelf — Amazon
  • Light Fixture — Lowes
  • Towel Ring — Lowes
  • Towel Racks — Lowes
  • Toilet Paper Holder — Lowes
  • Sewing Cabinet — FBMP
  • Cuban Poster — Unknown, purchased in Cuba
  • Bathing Woman Art — Unknown Artist, Mexico

Thanks, Mitch!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.