Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia
1906 South Rittenhouse Square, (215) 735-3456,
Sharing Our Space at Reasonable Rental Rates

View from Rittenhouse Square in July

The Philadelphia Ethical Society is very fortunate to have a beautiful and historic building in a convenient and comfortable area of Center City Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square.

In addition to having our humanist religious services and various classes here, we at the Ethical Society share our building's variety of meeting and other event spaces with others. We make those spaces available at reasonable rental rates to families, cultural organizations, socially progressive groups, and others for events such as weddings, concerts, and conferences.

Entering the Lobby
Up five steps from the sidewalk, the Rittenhouse Square entrance leads into our lobby. From the lobby, there is direct entrance to our auditorium with a concert grand piano. Stairs from the lobby lead up to the second floor with our assembly/dining room, kitchen, and conference room. Stairs down from the lobby lead to our lower level community room.

Auditorium midpoint to piano on stage
Auditorium and
Concert Grand Piano
  • 1st floor. Access directly from lobby. Custodian-operated wheelchair lift from Manning Street entrance.
  • Rated capacity: 180. Padded chairs set-up audience style 120.
  • Chairs stack to allow more open floor space.
  • Folding conference tables available.
  • Wide, movable podium.
  • Sound system for two speakers wall -mounted on either side of stage.
    Amplifier behind curtain on stage.
    Corded microphones, with holders on podium and separate stand.
  • Large pull-down projection screen on stage. (Separate charge for projection equipment.)
  • Steinway Concert Grand Piano. (Separate charge for use.)
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Assembly from entry
Assembly/Dining Room & Kitchen
  • 2nd floor. Access by stairway from lobby.
  • Rated capacity: 120.
  • Eight circular tables with seven chairs each.
  • Circular tables fold to allow more floor space.
  • Folding conference tables available.
  • Collapsible projection screen available.
  • Adjacent to kitchen for assembling and warming food--not for cooking.
  • Kitchen directly accessible up back stairway from Manning Street, which allows for temporary parking for unloading by caterers or renters themselves.
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Collier Conference Room from door

Collier Conference Room
  • 2nd floor. Access by stairway from lobby.
  • Can seat 12 comfortably around conference table, or up to 25 without conference table for circular or audience-style seating.
  • Chalk board mounted on one wall.
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Basement Community Room

Lower Level Community Room
  • Access by stairway from lobby.
  • No rated capacity, though can accommodate 80 comfortably on folding chairs in audience style.
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Prime Party and Wedding Venue in Center City
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Inquiring About Availability and Rental Rates
If you would like to know more about our spaces and making reservations, send a message to or phone(215) 735-3456.

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Affiliated with the American Ethical Union