ONE North Broad Venue – Editor’s Choice Award 2021

2021 Editors Choice Award- ONE North Broad

ONE North Broad is a historic wedding venue located inside the Masonic Temple, Library & Museum of Pennsylvania in Center City Philadelphia. Each stunning room hosts a different set of architectural wonders based on ancient architecture and is connected by sweeping staircases and massive foyers. ONE North Broad is an Editor’s Choice award winner for its historic setting, one-of-a-kind spaces, and unique artwork.

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Wedding at ONE North Broad captured by Cliff Mautner

About ONE North Broad and The Masonic Temple

ONE North Broad is a National Historic Landmark in Center City Philadelphia, built in 1873. Located right across the street from City Hall, it is a central location and in the perfect spot for out-of-town visitors to explore the City of Brotherly Love. The craftsmanship and engineering of the building are beyond comparison. ONE North Broad is also a conservation project, so it’s been well kept in the same character throughout the years. 

The Masonic Temple, Library & Museum of Pennsylvania holds a variety of artwork, frescos, murals, sculptures, and an impressive collection of antiquities. With a variety of different styles and designs, each part of the venue building is distinctive and holds meaning for both Freemasons and non-Masons alike. 

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Pat Robinson photographs a gorgeous ceremony at ONE North Broad

The Venue

ONE North Broad offers a variety of different spaces and rooms, each offering something different for your event.  The Foyer Under the Stars, or the Grand Foyer, is striking for Cocktails. The Grand Ballroom is perfect for dining and dancing the night away. There are five gorgeous rooms onsite for Wedding Ceremonies. Choosing one is simply about deciding which one you love most.  ONE North Broad also hosts corporate meetings, receptions, and lavish gala events in Philadelphia.

Grand Ballroom

The Grand Ballroom was recently renovated and can host up to 250 guests for seated dining and dancing, or 300 guests without a dance floor. This space offers a wall of stained-glass windows and a bronze statue of Benjamin Franklin as a gorgeous centerpiece. 

Grand Foyer

When combined with the Grand Ballroom, a Cocktail Party style-reception with dancing for up to 300 guests is lovely.  The Grand Foyer has a gorgeous marble-tiled floor and is framed by sweeping grand staircases. 

Foyer Under the Stars

For a more intimate reception, the Foyer Under the Stars can hold up to 50 guests for a seated dinner or 250 for a cocktail reception. This striking foyer offers a beautiful ambiance with a grand double staircase, a three-story-tall stained-glass window, and a starry ceiling above. Additionally, the five Meeting Rooms on this floor can be opened for guests to explore during your event.

Exhibit Hall

This unique space will delight guests with history and a vast array of the Museum’s collection. The Exhibit Hall is a fascinating room for your guests to explore during your event. 

John Wanamaker Room

For a more intimate space, the John Wanamaker room offers rich wood paneling and round tables for dining in luxury. This historic space holds up to 64 seated guests. 

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Gorgeous Bride captured by Pictures by Todd

Planning Your Wedding at ONE North Broad

ONE North Broad is the perfect spot to host any wedding from an intimate ceremony to a grand reception. All events at ONE North Broad will work with their exclusive caterer, Catering by Design. Catering By Design provides delicious cuisine food, exceptional staff, and beautiful rentals, so every catering service detail is taken care of for you.

With all of the history and artwork that ONE North Broad holds, event guests often are curious about the details of the space. Events can also include docents and museum staff to engage with your guests as they explore the rooms and answer any questions that may come up. This ensures you and your guests get the most out of the space!

Alongside the professionals at ONE North Broad, we know your wedding will go off without a hitch (except for the couple getting hitched, of course!). The planning process is flexible, and the experienced and dedicated staff take care of all the details for you. 

We Spoke with Sue Cunnane, Director of Sales and Events, about hosting a wedding at ONE North Broad. 

What’s your biggest tip for couples just starting out with wedding planning?

Once you set a date, decide on the flow of your event so you can find a building that supports that.  Think about if you need a central location for guests and if you want additional things to experience with your venue. Find a wedding venue that hits all your marks and feels good to both you and your fiancé. 

What’s something unique to One North Broad that you wouldn’t find anywhere else?

The most fun part about ONE North Broad is that it is a historic museum in addition to its being a historic landmark. There is a large collection of artwork and statuary as well as extraordinarily detailed spaces throughout the building that you and your guests can explore. With each event, docents can be available to answer questions and share more about the venue. Exploring and engaging with all these components help to make every event wonderfully experiential and memorable. 

ONE North Broad hits on many must-haves with a wedding venue, and the staff is there to support every step of the way. For its uniqueness with its history and astounding craftsmanship, ONE North Broad within the Masonic Temple, Library & Museum in center city Philadelphia is well deserving a Philadelphia Wedding Editor’s Choice Award. 

You can watch the whole interview with Sue Cunnane below. 

Thank you to Ashley Gerrity, Cliff Mautner, Pictures by Todd, and Pat Robinson for the photos used in this post!

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