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Couples in and around the Philadelphia, PA area may wish to consider the Knowlton Mansion for their wedding venue. The Gothic Style mansion was built in the 1800s by architect Frank Furness and is now home to Conroy Catering. The mansion is located in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The three-story Knowlton Mansion has been recently restored by Conroy Catering. The beautiful mansion offers many locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
The Ballroom. The over 4,000-square-foot ballroom hold up to 250 guests. The impressive room features soaring wooden ceilings with exposed beams. Double high windows let in the natural light.
The Pergola. The white, wooden wedding pergola is a lovely outdoor location for a wedding ceremony. Couples can walk down the landscaped lawn to the pergola surrounded by trees and trimmed hedges to exchange vows. White folding chairs can be arranged on the lawn for guests.
The Conservatory and Cocktail Terraces. This indoor ceremony site lets in the natural light through a greenhouse style and large wooden framed windows. The conservatory opens up onto the outdoor cocktail terraces.
The Gardens. The Knowlton Mansion is located on 13 acres of carefully manicured gardens. Couples may wish to choose a site on the grounds for their wedding ceremony. The gardens are also a wonderful place for photographs.
What You Should Know
Couples may wish to honor the mansion's history by serving ice cream sodas at their reception. The house was once home to the inventor of the classic drink.
Winding polished wood staircases give couples an opportunity for a grand entrance and portraits. Couples may wish to wander down to the stables to get some shots with the Knowlton Mansion's horses and make use of the barns as a backdrop. The mansion also has a wine cellar lined with stone. The romantic lighting makes the wine cellar an excellent spot for wedding portraits.
Knowlton Mansion is the home of Conroy Catering, who provides all food and beverage for the wedding, including the wedding cake. There are a variety of sit-down and station options available. The largest plated option includes a top shelf open bar and champagne toast, appetizers, butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, first course, main course, wedding cake and dessert. Conroy Catering works with couples to create a menu that suits their needs and tastes.
Event managers are on staff to help couples plan the wedding and manage the event the day of the wedding. Bridal attendants are also on staff to make sure the bride is taken care of throughout the day.
A bridal suite is on-site. Tables, chairs and linens are provided by the venue. Set-up and cleanup are included. Glassware, dishware and silverware are provided by the venue. The Knowlton Mansion can accommodate up to 250 guests. A minimum of 50 guests is required.
- On-site parking
- Valet parking
- Star ceiling
- Ornate windows
- Paddock fences
- Slate roof
- Chocolate fondue available
- Ice sculptures available
- Winding garden paths
- Fire pit
From the Vendor
Victorian mansion, contemporary ballroom
Fully restored Victorian mansion with stunning contemporary ballroom for dinner and dancing. Features include: vaulted ceilings, glass skylights, intricately carved woodwork, and a secret wine cellar. Expansive patios lead to lush flowering gardens and a pergola for ceremonies.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Garden, Estate, Museum, Historic Venue
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Service Staff
Knowlton Mansion = all our venue dreams come true!Reviewed on 11/29/2015 Stephen G
When my fiance and I were looking at venues, we knew we wanted something unique. We didn't want a place that screamed "Banquet Hall." Knowlton was amazing from the moment we first asked to tour the place to the moment the shuttle picked up the last group of guests at the end of the night. Lori was so helpful and patient with us throughout the whole planning process, even when we had to add guests last minute just days before the wedding. On the day of, Jeannie was our event coordinator. She was so helpful in terms of setting everything up and making sure that everything ran smoothly. We didn't have to worry about a thing. They also provided us a separate bridal attendant. She made sure we got to eat during cocktail hour and during the reception. She also got us drinks throughout the night, which was so helpful. At the end of the night, the staff packed up our centerpieces for us, so we didn't have to worry about who was taking everything home at the end of the night. They didn't rush us out at the end of the night either. (I've been to some venues where they get a little stern with the guests if they're there 5 minutes after 11.) Knowlton Mansion's staff was so polite and gracious, and they were just so helpful the whole night. Service was excellent! The food was amazing, everyone commented on how good everything tasted. Their selections were varied and also really different from a lot of the other venues we've been to (and we had to attend 7 weddings in 2015, so we've tasted a lot of wedding food by now! haha). It didn't taste like the same old reception-venue type of food, it tasted like we were at a 5-star restaurant. They were also really accommodating for our guests with special dietary needs. And now, on to the venue itself! The venue was breathtakingly gorgeous. Pictures really don't do it justice. They had it decorated for Christmas with trees, garland, and white lights all over the house. It made for lovely photograph opportunities. Knowlton had such a cozy vibe to it, like it belonged to our rich uncle who was just letting us use his mansion for our wedding reception. We did very little to provide decorations- the venue is so beautiful as is (plus, they already had their holiday decorations up), that it really didn't need anything else. This was really helpful, since I'm not very crafty. We didn't use any uplighting, and we found that we didn't really need it. The lighting in the reception area is already so warm, which gives everyone a "candelight glow." (Super flattering for pictures!) The prices were actually pretty comparable to some places in center city, if not cheaper. But we felt like we got more bang for our buck, since the venue itself is just so memorable and different than anything else we had seen. In short, Knowlton Mansion provided the reception space of our dreams. It was flawless. We are so happy we went with them.
Just WOWReviewed on 8/20/2015 Nicole P
August 1, 2015, my husband and I got married at Knowlton Mansion. We could not be happier! The food was incredible (and we never even had a tasting) the cake turned out exactly as we discussed (which was all over email as I live out of state) and the entire vibe of the event was smooth, romantic, and incredibly fun! The staff at KM is second to NONE. They were happy, they were attentive, and though it's a job for them, we truly felt as though they were thrilled for us on our special day and worked their butts off to keep everything smooth and comfortable for us and our guests. We used the outdoor arbor area for the ceremony, and then had cocktails and the reception inside the ballroom. We had a large wedding, 180 people! Due to the size, we used the Bronze package, and I was wondering if our guests would be left feeling hungry or dissatisfied. BOY was I wrong in the best way! I can't speak highly enough about this venue, the quality and amazing portions of food, it's staff, and their ability to produce a flawless event. They keep in great contact with you throughout the process, and are willing to work with you on the details of your day. Even though I must admit I found them a little pricey, it is worth EVERY PENNY, you will not be disappointed! Special shout-outs to Lori, Dee, and Chris for the incredible day you helped us put on. We thank you 1000 times over!
Beautiful Venue, Excellent Food and ServiceReviewed on 7/14/2015 Meg G
My wedding day was a dream! From the beginning, the experienced staff at Knowlton made the stressful process of planning and helped create my dream day. Thankfully, having a beautiful sunny day, our ceremony occurred outside on the grounds of the venue. The food was excellent (believe my, I made sure to try it!, and the staff continued to make sure the "program" ran smoothly, coordinating with the DJ and photographers throughout the night. All in all, what a wonderful day. I would recommend Knowlton to anyone!
Amazing December WeddingReviewed on 1/03/2015 Jillian A
My (now) husband and I had looked at dozens of venues before stumbling upon Knowlton Mansion through a message board discussing local venues, and it was the best thing that could have happened to us. After our initial visit, we knew immediately that this was the perfect venue. Everyone we encountered through Knowlton and Conroy Catering (who owns the venue) were extremely professional, helpful, and accommodating. Lori was our rep throughout the booking process up until the day of. She was readily available to answer any questions and was extremely knowledgeable of not only Knowlton weddings, but any wedding process. We chose a December wedding, which meant that the mansion was decorated with wreaths, garlands, trees, and other holiday decor. It really added to the space and made it that much more special. All of our guests raved about the physical venue and how unique it was. The history of the venue and all of the details throughout the mansion really added an amazing character that you really can't get in a typical wedding hall-type venue. From the catering aspect, we chose the stations option, which was, in my opinion, the best option. Our guests loved having so many options to choose from for their meals and made the night go so much faster in terms of the flow of events. One suggestion: if they have an option for a macaroni and cheese bar during cocktail hour, this is a MUST. Our guests raved about it for days afterwards! Everyone absolutely loved the food options and were amazed at the attentiveness of the entire staff. We also chose a cupcake tier instead of the normal wedding cake, and it was a huge hit. Another suggestion: if they have the cake options for chocolate cake with baileys irish cream icing, it is another must! On the day of the wedding, we had two staff members assigned to us, a maitre de and a coordinator. Our maitre de was Dee, and she did such a great job making sure that we had everything we needed throughout the day. She also was extremely helpful with my grandparents, making sure they were served their meals so they didn't have to get up from their table. It was much appreciated not only by us, but by my entire family. Our coordinator was Jeannie (sorry if that is misspelled!). She was so amazing and accommodating for anything we needed throughout the night. She made sure that everything was taken care of exactly how we planned it. She and Dee were amazing coordinating with our vendors and made our evening absolutely perfect! My husband and I would 100% recommend Knowlton Mansion and Conroy Catering (and to be honest, any venue that Conroy Catering has) for any event that you may have!
I decided to check out the Knowlton Mansion after a co-worker suggested it to me as she had already booked her reception there and I was in search of a venue. After our initial tour my husband and I were sold and booked the last date in June available. The place is BEAUTIFUL and provides such a unique atmosphere. The staff was on point. Lori was super responsive and helpful, as I emailed her a number of times leading up to the wedding. I couldn't have asked for a better day-of coordinator then Jeannie! When my shuttle didn't show up at the hotel she called the company for me and helped re-arrange our schedule to allow for guests to arrive late. She was honestly a life-saver. Our guests raved about the food and the overall atmosphere. We are certainly hoping to get invited to a wedding at the Knowlton so we can experience it again!
The day we looked at Knowlton Mansion we had set up 5 other appointments in the Philadelphia area for possible venue locations. After seeing all of the places, there was no comparing any of them to Knowlton Mansion. We were looking for something different, that wasn't your typical ballroom with gaudy chandeliers and floral carpet. Knowlton Mansion is like no other venue. Your guests will have access to the entire grounds that day, from touring the house, to roaming the outside gardens, and even grabbing photos with their horses. I am so happy that I had my wedding here, all my guests are still talking about how amazing and different everything was from any other wedding they have been to. Lori was fantastic with replying to emails with any questions, and the entire staff the day of the wedding did their best to make our day so special.
Absolutely amazing! Everything went according to plan there were no hiccups or issues for our NYE wedding. The event manager was able to setup all of the decor where I wanted with no problem at all. Everyone was extremely accommodating and the food was absolutely amazing. Cocktail hour and entrees were hot and delicious. I couldn't say enough about the staff here. I am so happy I picked Knowlton for my wedding.
My sister just had er wedding here. It was beautiful. hands down the nicest wedding i will ever go to. We opened the wine cellar and it was a major hit. and the grounds were well kept, the staff on point and to food was amazing and served hot. They gave us a bridal party attendant who was amazing. handled everything that we needed at the drop of a hat. Highly highly recommend. And located in the city was shocked that we did not hear a single car/truck the entire night.
Effortless and PerfectReviewed on 3/30/2015 Megan C
Thanks to the team at Knowlton Mansion and Conroy Catering my husband and I had the most amazing day we could have ever hoped for. The staff helped us ever step of the way and made everything for us effortless. The mansion was beautiful even with our rainy day and compared to similar venues we could not beat the price. There are too many good things to say about Knowlton from the atmosphere to the details in the space, but the most amazing part is what a great time everyone who went to our wedding had, but more importantly what a fantastic time my husband and I had. You simply can't do better.
Loved the Mansion!Reviewed on 10/22/2014 Emily Ost O
From beginning to end the Knowlton mansion staff was incredibly helpful, the grounds are gorgeous, and the food is great! If you are looking for a venue that has some historical appeal in Philadelphia this place is it. Our families are getting so many compliments on what an amazing party/venue/dinner event we had. If I had to do it all over again I would definitely choose Knowlton! I would love to be a guest at a wedding at Knowlton so I have time to experience all the food. Especially the dessert! I loved my wedding cake and everyone thought it was delicious!
Christmas WeddingReviewed on 1/05/2014 Lisa F
Knowlton Mansion was the perfect venue for our wedding. The decor, food, and service was beyond what we expected.
Knowlton MansionReviewed on 11/02/2013 Amy Z
We had such a great experience with Knowlton. From the time we had our first meeting, through the day of our wedding, everything was perfect.The actual venue space is stunning--they set up candles everywhere, and are really flexible in how you set up the space. You don't need much decorating because the space is so beautiful on it's own. You have access to the whole building--so guests can explore the mansion and its grounds (they have horses and a gorgeous wine cellar too, which makes for some cool pictures) The venue also does the catering, and this was awesome. We were a bit high maintenance, too, because I have a gluten intolerance. They didn't even bat an eyelash when we asked for all the food to be gluten free---and it was amazing. A ton of guests told us that it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. Overall, we were super happy we went with Knowlton.
Best Venue in Philadelphia area!Reviewed on 5/20/2013 Megan J
The Knowlton Mansion is amazing! For starters, it is a beautiful venue. The grounds are gorgeous too which makes for great photos. The staff are courteous, friendly, and professional. They attended to my every need. They made sure myself and the bridal party all got hors d'oeuvres even though we were taking pictures during cocktail hour. The food was excellent - everyone raved about it! The cake was great too. There is not one bad word I can say about the Knowlton. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely choose the Knowlton Mansion!
Perfect!Reviewed on 5/18/2013 kate M
Knowlton is one of those hidden gems in the city- I had lived in the northeast for years and didn't know it existed. It's beautiful and charming in a unique somewhat haunted house sort of way. I know that doesn't sound good, but you have to see the mansion to understand what I mean. The grounds are absolutely stunning, perfect for our outdoor April wedding. It was just perfect. Highly recommend.
AwesomeReviewed on 5/17/2013 Ashley H
Beautiful venue, and the food was awesome. Several people called me after the wedding to tell me it was the best wedding they attended. The event day coordinator, Jeannie, was awesome.
Knowlton MansionReviewed on 10/25/2012 Christina M
We fell in love with the Knowlton Mansion and was the only venue we visited and booked immediately! They were wonderful in the planning process and were extremelyn accommodating with our requests. Lori Frankel, my coordinator, was awesome! She always answered my MANY emails quickly and was a great help. The food was UNBELIEVABLE! and the venue is gorgeous and unique. Our day-of coordinator, Alice, was a God-send! She made sure that everything ran smoothly at both the ceremony and reception. She made sure that we tasted each appetizer, our dinner, and I didn't even have to get one drink at the bar b/c she always made sure I had one! She was the one to even bustle my gown! By the end of the night, she personally took care of gathering all of our belongings and made sure we had our cake and other desserts to take home.
Love, love, love!Reviewed on 10/16/2012 Elizabeth H
What can I say? The Knowlton was the absolute perfect venue for my wedding. Beyond what I expected. The ambience, the service, the food...there is nothing subpar about this place. The staff there is wonderful and accomodating. I must've emailed our one coordinator, Maria, 1,000 times and always got back a timely response, answering my (sometimes crazy bride) questions) :) The day of our wedding, we had Dan & Dee as our attendants & they were both equally amazing, wonderful people. I felt our wedding ran incredibly smooth because of everyone's hard work. The service was phenomenal & we still have guests talking about the food. Every single appetizer, entree, dessert was amazingly delicious. The prices are a little steep, but in my opinion with everything you get out having your wedding at the Knowlton, you leave there feeling like you got your money's worth & then some. Thank you again for everything, you helped us make our wedding everything we wanted!! I would recommend the Knowlton & any other Conroy Catering company to anyone venue shopping. Amazing! :)
So much character!Reviewed on 10/12/2012 Christie C
We absolutely loved working with Conroy Catering to plan our wedding at the Knowlton Mansion. They were very professional and accomodating throughout the planning process. The mansion itself has so much character and absolutely beautiful grounds outside. We got rave reviews on the food choices and service from our guests. Everything was delicious!! The pastry cheif even made a sample of our cake for us to try out ahead of time and he custom made the entire thing to resemble a photo I had seen online. Absolutely the best service and georgous atmosphere at the mansion!!
BrideReviewed on 8/08/2012 Tricia H
Knowlton made my day PERFECT!!!!!!
PhenomenalReviewed on 6/10/2012 Amanda B
Conroy Catering is a top knotch venue and catering company. Their staff was exceptionally friendly and knowledgable, their food was outstanding, and the property was beyond beautiful. We have recieved so many compliements on the venue, the staff, and the food. They made our day phenomenal and unforgettable!
Great ServiceReviewed on 5/31/2012 Stephanie R
Knowlton Mansion was wonderful. I had an event planner up to the day of the event and then a coordinator during the day of my wedding and both were very helpful. I did not have to think about anything because they already had already done it or ask what I wanted.
No regrets!Reviewed on 2/18/2012 Kristy V
The venue is beautiful and affordable. Exclusively catered by Conroy Catering with excellent service and food. Staff is very willing to work with you and not force you into their package deals. I am very happy with their performance. My only complaint would be that the mansion is old and has old plumbing and electric. The main banquet room bathrooms and facilities were very nice, but the bathrooms in the historic part of the mansion were backed-up and leaky, so they should probably just close them off to use.
Wedding VenueReviewed on 12/31/2011 Jennifer A
BEAUTIFULReviewed on 11/22/2011 stephanie s
GREAT VENUE AND FOOD, KIND OF PRICEY
Beautiful!Reviewed on 11/01/2011 Dana B
The Knowlton Mansion was all that I could have asked for. They made my day very easy going and everything was decorated perfectly! I was very specific with what I wanted and they were able to handle all of it.