About

Welcome to The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, where your event can take its proper place in history.

This beautiful New Beaux-Arts style building, constructed in 1908 and designed by Cope and Stewardson, has the unique distinction of being home to the oldest medical society in the country (founded in 1787) and the renowned Mütter Museum.

As guests walk inside, they are surrounded by grandeur and elegance, and greeted by Aesculapius – the Greek god of medicine. The magnificent columned Marble Rotunda, with its view of a classic grand staircase, sets the stage for any occasion.

With its historic ambience and stately architecture, it’s no wonder that the College – located in Philadelphia’s charming Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District – has been the chosen setting for a diverse range of memorable events.

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests. Please contact our Facilities Rental Office at 215.563.3103 or via email to learn more about the College’s unique spaces and the full range of services we provide.

The College is Wheelchair Accessible. ADA Compliant.

Spaces

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Marble Rotunda

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As you enter our historic building, you are greeted by the stunning Marble Rotunda. The all-white octagonal interior, framed by majestic columns, provides a sophisticated space ideal for receptions and pre-event gatherings. Accenting the rotunda is the grand staircase, which leads to the great halls of the second floor, and is perfect for photography opportunities.

Space Information

  • Floor: First Floor
  • Capacity:
    • Reception: 150
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Thomson Gallery

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Thomson Gallery is an especially fitting setting for conferences and presentations, as well as a great place to host dinner parties.

Space Information

  • Floor: First Floor
  • Capacity:
    • Dinner: 140
    • Reception: 150
    • Classroom: 100
  • Dimensions: 48' x 35' (1680 sq. ft.)
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Hutchinson Parlor

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The mahogany-paneled walls, period furnishings, portraits and fireplace provide a comforting ambience for small dinners and socializing. This intimate setting is a beautiful contrast to the Rotunda, to which it adjoins.

 

Space Information

  • Floor: First Floor
  • Capacity:
    • Dinner: 40
    • Reception: 40
  • Dimensions: 32' x 21' (672 sq. ft.)
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Gross Library

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Gross Library houses what was the private collection of Dr. Samuel L. Gross, and provides an elegant area for private meetings, luncheons, or dinners. The room centers around a mahogany conference table with olive tone leather chairs. Wrap-around custom leaded bookcases, a period chandelier, and fireplace complete this dignified setting.

Space Information

  • Floor: First Floor
  • Capacity:
    • Seating: 22
  • Dimensions: 22.5' x 16' (360 sq. ft.)
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Mütter Museum

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The Mütter Museum, world renowned for its awe-inspiring collection of anatomical specimens, medical instruments, photographs, and drawings, is housed within the building, and can be a unique complement to your event. Although the Museum cannot be rented, admission and tours for your guests can be arranged.

Food and drink are not permitted in the Mütter Museum.

Space Information

  • Floor: First Floor
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Sir John Templeton Veranda and Medicinal Herb Garden

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This private oasis features four formal beds, or parterres, consisting of medicinal herbs and plants, many of which were used in Dr. Benjamin Rush’s time and are still in use today. Guests may stroll the slate and pebble walkways or sit on garden benches in this tranquil setting. Weddings and receptions are sure to be stunning, as the garden’s blooming cycles carry from spring until fall.

Space Information

  • Floor: First Floor
  • Capacity:
    • Reception: 200
    • Seating: 90
  • Dimensions: "Usable" Space: 95 ft. x 30 ft. (2830 sq. ft)
    Full Space: 125 ft. x 56ft. (7000 sq. ft)
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Mitchell Hall

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From prestigious lectures to exquisite weddings, exceptional occasions take place in this distinguished, richly paneled, and portrait-lined second floor hall. The grandest of the spaces, Mitchell Hall features a thirty foot rococo ceiling, large leaded glass windows, and a period dais. Adjoined to the Ashhurst Room, together they can accommodate large, multi-staged events with ease of flow between spaces.

Space Information

  • Floor: Second Floor
  • Capacity:
    • Dinner: 300
    • Reception: 400
    • Classroom: 220
  • Dimensions: 71' x 46' (3408 sq. ft.)
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Ashhurst Room

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One of the building’s two grand halls, Ashhurst is a magnificent space detailed with a floor to ceiling mahogany carved mantle piece and grand clock. The thirty foot walls are lined with stunning inset book shelves and feature the College’s historic card catalogs. During the day, the ceiling-high windows allow light to flood the room creating a fresh and open space. Ashhurst works well in conjunction with Mitchell Hall for hosting larger occasions.

Space Information

  • Floor: Second Floor
  • Capacity:
    • Dinner: 150
    • Reception: 200
  • Dimensions: 61' x 32' (1952 sq. ft.)
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Services

Catering

Catering By Design is the exclusive catering and hospitality partner to The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.  With Catering By Design comes an entirely new way of entertaining that blends expertly prepared cuisine with striking conceptual design. Our event professionals walk you through every step of the event, from decor to your customized menu, entertainment and facilities, to the day-of details.

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Design & Planning

Catering By Design is more than just the blending of cuisine and design, it is the purposeful manifestation of this pairing in every last detail of an event. The menu, decor, entertainment, and facilities are all crafted specifically for each occasion.

We approach every menu and design element with you in mind, integrating our flavors to represent you and your needs. We respect how flavors, like people, interact. This philosophy helps us execute each event with the perfect amount of style and flair, from understated and elegant to spectacular and dramatic.

Conveying the taste of the plate to the concept of design is our full time design staff. Together with an incredible supporting cast, Catering By Design has become the catering tour de force in the Delaware Valley.

Our event professionals walk you through every step of the event, from decor to your customized menu, entertainment and facilities, to the day-of details.

Event design and planning is a major part of what sets Catering By Design apart from other caterers. When you add that to the captivating event spaces at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the possibilities are endless.

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Bridal Room

We are pleased to offer a calm aqua colored bridal room, complete with a full length mirror and ivory couch, perfect to dress and prepare for the big day.

 

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Tasting Room

Catering By Design works to customize each menu, and for large events we often have a tasting in which you sample the food that will be featured at your event to make sure it is exactly what everyone involved in the planning had in mind. This is a small private pre-event meeting in the Tasting Room that is outfitted with many of the china and linen rental options.

 

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Rentals

Tables and chairs are included with the facilities rental fee. Your CBD event specialist will discuss glass, china, silver, and linen options, which fall under catering. To preview some ideas, visit www.partyrentalltd.com. Party Rental Ltd. works closely with Catering By Design.

Together with an incredible supporting cast, Catering By Design has become the catering tour de force in the Delaware Valley. Our event professionals walk you through every step of the event, from decor to your customized menu, entertainment and facilities, to the day-of details.

Event design and planning is a major part of what sets Catering By Design apart from other caterers. When you add that to the captivating event spaces at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the possibilities are endless.

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Audio & Visual

Electrifying Events. Intelligent Installations. Unforgettable Experiences. Sounds like the work of Clear Sound – the Delaware Valley’s best full service audio, video and lighting company.

Since 1976 we’ve been providing exceptional service to our customers, installing cutting edge a/v systems and providing unforgettable experiences for audiences of all sizes. Our production services include everything from event lighting and equipment rentals to staging, live event production and a/v for meetings.

Our services can be scaled up or down to meet the exact needs of your project, with the goal of providing an unforgettable and stress-free experience for everyone involved.

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Museum Store

Visit the Mütter Museum Store for highly unusual gifts and mementos. See our assortment of unique and “Mütteresque” handmade pieces created by our consignment artists including jewelry, art, and crafts.

The acclaimed Mütter Museum books and the Limited Edition Mütter Museum Calendar are perfect reminders of your museum visit. Ask about custom gift bag items and take-aways for your guests. Your purchase helps to support the Mütter Museum’s unparalleled collection.

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Museum Tours

The Mütter Museum offers group guided tours. Tours are led by professional museum staff and include highlights of the collection. They are appropriate for groups of 25 or less; groups larger than 25 will be split into smaller groups. Guided tours have an additional fee; please discuss with your event professional. Event design and planning is a major part of what sets Catering By Design apart from other caterers. When you add that to the captivating event spaces at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the possibilities are endless.

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Transportation

Your event specialist will discuss valet options with you. There are also numerous parking lots nearby. Limited street parking is available. The Parkway Corporation lot at 21st and Ludlow, directly behind The College, offers discounted parking between the hours of 9 – 5 Monday through Friday only with a parking slip validated by the front desk. Public transportation options are listed under services, and remember that we are very close to 30th Street Station.

Train/Subway: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is a five-minute walk from Amtrak’s 30th Street Station and the Market/Frankford line, and one-half block from the subway-surface (trolley) stop at 22nd and Market.

Bus: Bus routes 7, 17, 21, 42, 44 and 48 are within one or two blocks.

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FAQ

What is the rental fee?
Facilities rental fees vary according to spaces used, number of guests, and days and hours scheduled. Please contact our Manager of Facilities Rental to discuss fees.
What is included in the facilities rental fee?
Facilities rental includes use of the spaces that you have selected, use of in-house tables and chairs, housekeeping and security.
Do you have an exclusive caterer?
Yes, Catering By Design is exclusive on-site caterer at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Visit our section on services or cbdevents.com to learn more about Catering By Design.
How do we arrange liquor at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia?
The College has a liquor license. Please discuss with your event specialist current rates and selections.
Can we use candles?
Candles are permitted, with proper containers.
Is music or dancing allowed?
Music and dancing are encouraged!
Where do my guests park?
Your event specialist will discuss valet parking options with you.There are also several lots nearby. Limited street parking is available. Public transportation options and more detailed parking information is listed under services.

Testimonials

Thanks for a terrific party! Everything went very smoothly and we received many complimentary remarks on your cuisine. I think it was a successful day. Thanks again for a very professional and very successful event.

- Susan Plotkin

The event was fabulous. There were numerous compliments to your team as they were professional and extremely accommodating. Everyone raved over the food and decor, such class! Thank you for all your assistance. You are a master of your craft. Be well, Angela

- Penn Trauma

Many thanks for today’s impeccable service, presentation and yummy food at our Private Perspectives Session. From Dan, Chris, Tracy, Roe, Amanda, Lauren and Jason, everyone is a joy through coordination to onsite service. With minor changes, your team was always there with an “OF COURSE” response. I am appreciative for their positive and pleasant attitudes. I swear your company feeds them something special (ha!) or just treats them extremely well (I think that’s it) as you can tell in their manner and how they do their jobs. You also hire such cool, creative individuals. As always, such a pleasure to work with you all. P.S. loved the flower presentation…kudos to your new internal florist!!

- Deloitte Services LP

Thank you so much for all your help! The event was perfect. The gentleman who required the kosher meal was very happy and grateful. Thank you for going out of your way to help him. Katrina

- MEDecision

Last night’s reception was wonderful! The food was great, I heard lots of positive feedback (pardon the pun!) and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves! Brittany took very good care of us and your staff is always a delight to work with. Eileen

- Penn Dematology

Thank you again for everything! You, and your staff, really went above and beyond on event day and we greatly appreciate all of the efforts made! Thank you, Patti

- Jefferson Medical College

I can’t thank you enough for the amazing work you and your team did last night! We love working with you and look forward to another event with you. The food offering was one of the best I have enjoyed for this type of event. It was a wonderful event! Everyone enjoyed the format, location, food and warmth! Congratulations for a classy and successful event last night. You attracted a good crowd and the atmosphere was very pleasant. Thank you again! Meghan

- Select Greater Philadelphia

Our group had a wonderful time at the Board dinner held at the College of Physicians on May 23rd. The food was great and it was a pleasure to work with you and your staff.

- Lynn