Rental Info

The Charms of Fairmount Park provide authentic, traditional settings reflecting the importance of Philadelphia and its history. The Charms Houses, as well as other scenic Fairmount Park locations, can enhance your next celebration or event.  These beautiful settings in the Park provide a natural, classic backdrop celebrating the past. Rental availability and policies vary by individual house.

Please note: Rental details and prices are subject to change and may be updated.

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We've included some information regarding general Charms rental policies to guide you. Since each site has its own specific rental guidelines, please contact each one individually to check on availability, capacity, amenities, costs, approved caterers, approved tent rental providers, and more. 

Please note that Cedar Grove, Mount Pleasant and Sweetbriar do not offer rental opportunities.  Strawberry Mansion will have rentals once it has reopened following restoration in autumn/winter 2012.  Please check back with us for updated information.


The Charms of Fairmount Park:

Laurel Hill:  Laurel Hill is available for luncheons, teas, private parties, weddings, meetings and other social occasions. Indoor rental can accommodate up to 60 people in the octagonal room, with a max of 70 total for indoor rental. An outdoor tent may also be erected, provided by the renter.  Plenty of free parking is available.  A site supervisor is required on the premises for all rentals.  Renters must have liability insurance and agree to house rules and regulations before scheduling.
Estimated costs (as of 2012), subject to change and additional fees:

  • Indoor Rental (70 people, maximum), $900.00, max four hours, requires deposit
  • Rental Supervisor’s fee required
  • For further details, please email rentals@laurelhillmansion.org.

Lemon Hill: Lemon Hill is available for weddings, luncheons, meetings and private parties. Renters must provide tents, tables, chairs, port-a-potties, etc. A site supervisor is required on the premises for all rentals.  Two staff members are required for large events, at the discretion of the Lemon Hill management. Renters must have liability insurance and agree to house rules and regulations before scheduling. Indoor guests are strictly limited to 70 persons.  Renters may consider an additional tent erected on the north side to increase attendance to 150 people. Food is limited to foyer, porches and tents and no red wine is permitted. Smoking is prohibited.  An outdoor-only rental can accommodate up to 450 people. All types of food and wine are permitted for outdoor rentals.
Estimated costs (as of 2012), subject to change and additional fees:

  • Indoor Rental (70 people, maximum): $2500.00, requires non-refundable deposit
  • Outdoor Rental (450, maximum): $2500.00, requires non-refundable deposit
  • Rental Supervisor’s fee required: $50.00 per hour
  • or further details, please call (215) 232-4337
  • Note: the Gazebo rental is booked through Fairmount Park.

The listings below provide the contact information for other Fairmount Park historic sites who currently rent their facilities out to the public. Since each site has its own specific rental policies, please contact each one individually to check on availability, capacity, amenities, costs, etc. 

Additional Fairmount Park Managed Sites:

American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Avenue
FDR Park
(215) 389-1776
americanswedish.org

Glen Foerd on the Delaware
5001 Grant Avenue
(215) 722-8082
conroycatering.com

Bartram’s Garden
54th and Lindbergh Boulevard
(215) 729-5281
bartramsgarden.org

Historic Rittenhouse Town
206 Lincoln Drive
(215) 438-5711
rittenhousetown.org

Fort Mifflin
Fort Mifflin & Hog Island Roads
Philadelphia, PA 19153
(215) 685.4167
fortmifflin.us

East & West Fairmount Park:

Belmont Mansion
Belmont Plateau
West Fairmount Park
(215) 878-8844
belmontmansion.org

Chamounix Mansion
West Fairmount Park 
(215) 878-3676
philahostel.org

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
North Horticultural Drive
West Fairmount Park
(215) 878-5097
shofuso.com
Lemon Hill

Lemon Hill

The Centennial Café 
at the Ohio House
4700 States Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131-3712
(610) 658-0325
infoa@brycescatering.com

Ormiston Mansion
Reservoir Drive
East Fairmount Park
ormistonrhs.org
(215) 763-2222

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Sedegely Club
15 Kelly Drive
Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130
lkrombolz@aol.com
(610) 683-0770

Water Works Restaurant
640 Water Works Drive
(215) 236-9000
thewaterworksrestaurant.com