Free Library on the Parkway

1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Free Library on the Parkway

Historic architecture enhanced by fresh event spaces impress more than your average bibliophile. Beaux-Arts details, a grand staircase and spectacular skyline view from the verdant rooftop terrace truly captivate wedding guests.

Walking into the Free Library on the Parkway, guests are greeted by the detailed design and stunning high ceilings of the Main Lobby, before leading to the Second Floor Landing, which is ideal for a panoramic cocktail hour. The Skyline Room on the Fourth Floor is a modern addition to the charming historic building with an adjacent outdoor terrace famous for staging rooftop ceremonies with breathtaking views of the city skyline.

At Brûlée Catering, our passion is food and our clients are family. Legendary Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix and his talented brigade of culinarians will dazzle your guests with exquisite and artful cuisine any way you choose to transform this landmark location for the wedding of your dreams. Contact us anytime to schedule a private tour!

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4 Reviews for Free Library on the Parkway

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.6
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    Melissa · Married on 06/08/2013

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    Beautiful venue and everybody was impressed with the locations. Brooke Rogers was amazing to work with. The guard on duty was amazing and the lobby was so beautiful and fit perfectly with our wedding style!!

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    Mansi · Married on 08/16/2014

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    I can't say enough about the spaces the Free Library offers. They are so magnificent, unique and surprisingly affordable that I am shocked I hadn't heard of the venue before. The venue has 3 different, equally beautiful, spaces to rent.

    The library lobby is the first space, with greco-roman columns and a set of grand staircases that was be perfect for a ceremony. We chose to have our ceremony in this space and it was amazing walking into the library and seeing the architecture, the stairs etc. The space feels intimate but very historical.

    The second space is the rooftop terrace and this is SHOWSTOPPER. We chose to have our cocktail hour here immediately after the ceremony and I can't even explain how stunning the views are. You get a massive city skyline view, as well as views of the art museum, Franklin Institute and the Logan circle fountain below. During our cocktail hour, we had a light breeze and the sun was setting towards the middle of it. There were lines forming because people wanted to take pictures on the terrace edge! At night, you get wonderful city lights as your view and our guests couldn't get enough.

    The third space is called the skyline room and it is adjacent to the terrace (so guests can move freely between the two areas during the reception). Both areas are newly renovated as well. The skyline room looks like an upscale hotel or lounge; The room's colors play PERFECTLY for lighting as well. The bonus is the wall between the terrace and skyline room is all windows, so looking into the skyline room from the terrace is equally beautiful. We had people sitting on the terrace just staring into the skyline room because it just looked so darn cool! The only negative is that the library has no equipment (tables, chairs etc,) so that can be expensive. However, the total cost is still less then renting other venues in the city.

    Our guests were absolutely in love with the venue as were we! I highly recommend this space!

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Free Library on the Parkway FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 2,500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 2,500.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 1,000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 1,000.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Set Up, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake Cutting, Dessert, Server(s), Wedding Cake
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 25.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 250
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 100
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • Describe your venue: Historic Building, Rooftop
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? All Inclusive Packages, Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Preferred Vendors Only, Set Up
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Wheelchair Access

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  • 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 See on map
    215-876-2945 (Phone number)

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