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Our accessible sanctuary seats 400 people and our accessible chapel seats 50. The adjoining Parish Room, which is also accessible, is perfect for small or mid-sized receptions. Griffin Hall, located downstairs next to an industrial kitchen, can comfortably seat 150 for an elegant dinner and room for dancing.

Your wedding should represent the unique love that you and your partner share, celebrating the family you are creating, the roots that hold you and the hopes that inspire your relationship. Our minister, Reverend Dr. Susan Veronica Rak,  will arrange time to with you to craft a ceremony that specifically represents your love story, your beliefs, and your values. She will help you choose text, readings, and music that authentically symbolize your union. Our Music Director John B Hedges is available to play piano or sing during your customized ceremony. 

Our Building
Our building, a signature piece by regionally celebrated architect Frank Furness, is a designated historic landmark.

  • The Sanctuary seats over 500, yet, owing to its unusual design, is an intimate setting for much smaller gatherings. It is graced with rich colors, as well as a Casavant Freres organ and Steinway grand piano.
  • The Chapel, a jewel of stained glass and carved wood, seats 50; there is a Baldwin upright piano in the chapel loft.
  • The Parish Room, a sunny Victorian parlor, accommodates small to mid-sized receptions. Griffin Hall, our social hall, with adjacent kitchen, seats 150.


Our Neighborhood
Located in Center City Philadelphia within the Rittenhouse-Fitler Square Historic District, our neighborhood embodies the distinctive architectural diversity of several centuries, and is home to many of the city's finest hotels, shops, and restaurants and accessible via public transportation and located with a few block radius of a dozen parking lots.

To rent space in our building, send an email to Business Administrator Norman Fouhy ( or call him at (215) 563-3980 x 300. The following rental rates represent prices for a two-hour wedding ceremony, or a six-hour reception:

  • Sanctuary- $650.00
  • Chapel- $350.00
  • Parish Room- $500.00
  • Griffin Hall/Kitchen- $650.00
  • A deposit of $200.00 is required.

For information about our available Officiants (details on ceremonies and honorariums/fees), please see the ministers' profile page. For pricing for live music, please contact Music Director John B Hedges at

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