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Philadelphia Venues with History

Play Video Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.
Date January 10, 2024

Philadelphia Venues with History

Home to iconic historic sites and attractions – and the nation’s “most historic square mile” – Philadelphia is a city well known for its history.

So, it is only fitting that the city is also home to countless historic buildings, hotels, and attractions that double as special event venues. If you’re looking for a historical venue in Philadelphia, consider one of these landmark options for your next meeting or event.

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 10 Avenue of the Arts

Just steps from City Hall, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is located in the former Girard Trust Bank and Girard Trust Building. Architect Frank Furness designed the bank building, modeling it after the Pantheon in Rome. The hotel is easily identified by its pillars and masonry dome. The main rotunda building, which was once the lobby of the former bank, is now a multipurpose hotel lobby that includes the registration desk, Aqimero Restaurant and lounge, concierge, and function space.

There are yellow and gold chairs pushed up against rows of gray tables spread throughout a meeting room. There is a large chandelier hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the room. Large marble pillars are shown. Beyond them are two large black couches with decorative pillows.

Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

The Bellevue Hotel

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 200 South Broad Street

The Bellevue Hotel is known as the Grande Dame of Broad Street for good reason. French Renaissance architecture and a sophisticated interior make the hotel a favorite of meeting planners and attendees. It was constructed in 1904 by distinguished hotelier George Boldt who wanted “the most magnificent ballroom in the world, no matter what it cost.” The Bellevue quickly became the top luxury accommodation in the United States. The hotel offers 30,000 square feet of lavish event space, including a recently renovated, 11,616-square-foot ballroom with two tiers, parquet flooring, and wrought-iron accents. Be sure to check out the ballroom’s ornate light fixtures, designed by Thomas Edison.

There are two very large chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Underneath, there are several tables set up with black tablecloths and place settings at each chair. There are four people shown standing on a stage off to the left. There are also four large plants on the stage. The trees on either side of the backdrop. A small table is in the center of the stage.

Setting up for an event in the Bellevue Hotel’s ballroom. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Aloft Philadelphia Downtown

Neighborhood: Center City
 101 North Broad Street

One of Philadelphia’s boutique hotels, Aloft Philadelphia Downtown combines modern design with the city’s deep-rooted history. Taking over the 21-story 1925 Liberty Title building, this hotel is adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and perfectly blends old-time elegance with modern facilities. Think of impressive ceiling design, monumental windows, detailed crown molding, and marble flooring. Don’t miss the hip outdoor Backyard terrace, also available for private events, with excellent city views.

An indoor fitness center is shown. A large red yoga ball is shown in a room off to the left. It appears to be in a room with a vault door. The carpet is gray and purple. There are two treadmills off to the right. Beyond that, there is a space with weights.

Aloft Philadelphia Downtown’s fitness center occupies the old bank vault of the Liberty Title and Trust Company. Photo courtesy of Aloft Philadelphia Downtown.

Academy of Music

Neighborhood: Center City
240 South Broad Street

The majestic Academy of Music was built in 1857 and is the country’s oldest continually-used opera house. The Academy of Music Ballroom is an excellent choice for more intimate affairs. The opulent space combines authentic 19th-century touches like crystal chandeliers and ornate ceilings with modern amenities.

A large theater is shown. There are rows of red seats. The stage is front and center. There are gold accents and pillars throughout the space.

Photo courtesy of the Academy of Music.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Neighborhood: Center City
 128 North Broad Street

The first art museum and art school in the country, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts can transform galleries and other areas into creative event spaces. Frank Furness and George Hewitt designed the 1876 Historic Landmark Building. It is home to the museum’s permanent collection and is a fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture inside and out. Inside, your guests will find a grand staircase, richly tiled floors, Gothic arches, vaulted ceilings, and gold rosette-studded walls. Multiple event spaces can accommodate parties of 10 up to 1,000.

A large sculpture of a paintbrush is shown. The paint is orange, the handle of the paintbrush is blue and silver. There appears to be a glob of orange paint on the sidewalk. The sculpture is shown in between buildings. A man walks across the sidewalk below it.

Paint Torch and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Photo by K. Privitera for PHLCVB.

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