The Sedgeley Club
15 Kelly Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19130
On the shores of the Schuylkill River, just beyond the towering skyline of Philadelphia, lies The Sedgeley Club . Adorning Philadelphia's famous Boathouse Row with the city's only operating lighthouse, The Sedgeley Club provides a unique, and stately setting for meetings, special events, and social functions.
The only womens' boating club in Fairmount Park, the history of the clubhouse building began in the year 1887 with the Fairmount Park Commission granting approval for the building of a lighthouse at "Turtle Rock" - a location known for an unusual rock formation resembling a giant tortoise shell. Completed in the summer of 1887, the "Light at Turtle Rock" provided security and safety to the city's thriving maritime activity and steamboat trade.
In 1903, members of a small ladies club were granted permission to erect a building around the small lighthouse. Later that same year, The Sedgeley Club opened its doors. The membership in the early days was comprised of Philadelphia ladies who enjoyed bicycling and canoeing on the Schuylkill River. Sedgeley was the last boathouse of its era built on Boathouse Row and remains an exclusive Philadelphia club for ladies to this day. Though the canoeing and bicycling have been replaced over the years by an active schedule of social events and fundraising efforts to maintain the treasured Light on Turtle Rock, the club remains a cornerstone of Fairmount Park and Boathouse Row, and is a nostalgic reminder of a by-gone era when fairmount Park served as a summer retreat for wealthy landowners.
The Sedgeley Club may be rented for private functions and is suitable for a reception up to 80 people, or a sit-down dinner of sixty-five people. The sun porch is the perfect setting for a board meeting or small conference-style meeting of twelve people, and the larger living room accommodates up to forty people for a business meeting with front screen projection. The club is fully climate controlled for full comfort in any season. Please click on the respective links for interior pictures of the clubhouse, and detailed rental information.