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Fairmount Water Works

Housed in one of Philadelphia’s most recognizable landmarks, Fairmount Water Works is the nation's first public water supply system (1815). We opened our doors as an environmental center in 2003. What makes Fairmount Water Works unique is its location at the river’s edge and in the center of the fifth largest city in the nation.

Conveniently accessible from Kelly Drive, Route 76, Interstate 95, and Center City, Fairmount Water Works is situated on the east bank of the Schuylkill River between historic Boat House Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Popular among tourists and residents alike, the facility’s neoclassical exterior offers a serene and picturesque view of the Schuylkill River: the perfect backdrop for an event.

While our facility does not lend itself to weddings or events with a dance floor or sit-down dining, we are more than happy to offer a truly unique way to host your next event including intimate cocktail receptions, networking events, lectures, seminars, exhibits, fundraisers, and concerts. Free and plentiful public parking is available along Water Works Drive.


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Contact Person Dionne Watts-Williams
Phone (215) 685-0722
Address 640 Water Works Drive, Lower Level, Philadelphia, 19130
Is your facility handicapped accessible Yes
Is outside kosher catering permitted? Yes
Is kosher catering available No
Is the facility indoor only, outdoor only, or both? Indoor and Outdoor
Does your facility have guest rooms No
Does your facility have air conditioning Yes
Maximum capacity with dancing 0
Maximum capacity without dancing 1230
Rental fees $200 - $1800, depending on the day of the week, and event time.