Rental – The Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Awbury different from all the other rental venues out there?
- Very comfortable, welcoming space – not a corporate “wedding factory” feeling.
- Excellent flow among generously proportioned parlors, with plenty of light coming through big windows.
- Flexible, easygoing staff to support you in making your event your own. At Awbury, it really is your party.
- Affordability, character, and convenience; located right in the heart of historic Germantown.
How many people will fit in the space?
The maximum for indoor-only events is 70 people; from late spring to early fall, we can accommodate up to 200 using the porch and lawn. Many renters arrange for a tent in case of inclement weather.
How does catering work?
Renters who wish to hire caterers do this independently. Some are already familiar with our set-up (we can provide a list if you like); others will need to come meet with us and tour the facilities. We have a side entrance for a caterer’s van, two residential-sized kitchens, and staging/storage areas. All caterers must provide a certificate of insurance.
Do you have any equipment we can use?
Yes. We have 45 white plastic folding chairs and 10 folding rectangular tables. You may also request use of our 30-cup coffee maker, an additional 60-cup urn for hot water, a digital projector with screen, and an easel.
How much does it cost to rent the space?
It depends on the size of your event and the time of year (see pricing). We want to do what we can to make your event work for you while sustaining our budget; if necessary, check to see if you qualify for a discount.
What does the fee include?
Use of the foyer, three parlors, kitchen (with gas stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher), bathrooms, and lawn near house. Upstairs kitchen and conference room by arrangement. Fee also covers one indoor Event Host and (for larger events) one outdoor Parking Attendant.
Is a deposit necessary to reserve the space?
Yes. For larger events, we require a security deposit of $200; smaller events require $100. This will be returned to you after the event if everything is left in order. The deposit is not refundable if you decide not to hold the event here – unless we are able to rent the space to someone else for the time you had reserved.
How can we get to Awbury Arboretum?
The Arboretum is easily accessible by public transportation: the Washington Lane Station on SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill East Line is directly across from the Station Road entrance to Awbury. SEPTA bus routes 18 and 26 stop on Chew Avenue and the XH bus stops on Washington Lane. If traveling by car, you will find the Arboretum’s main entrance is on the east side of Chew Avenue between Washington Lane and Haines Street.
What about parking?
The guest parking lot at the Francis Cope House accommodates about 20 cars. Overflow parking for another 20 cars can be made available along Station Road, located on the Arboretum grounds between Washington Lane Station and Awbury Road – a lovely 5-minute walk from the Cope House. Finally, ample free parking is available at the Washington Lane Station and on the residential streets surrounding the arboretum (Chew, Haines, and Ardleigh), a 10-minute walk from the Cope House.
Are there any other rules we should know about?
Please review our policies by downloading our complete info & application here: Event Rental Information