Exterior spaces around our buildings are rooms in and of themselves. A natural landscape strategy for the east and west gardens respects historic plans and poetic inspiration. These spaces are generally associated with use of adjacent rooms reserved for parties, weddings and meetings (at an additional cost for exclusive access), but may also be reserved separately.

Our gardens are also ideal for photography — whether for an engagement, anniversary, or other personal or professional purpose.

West Gardens and Terraces – Lower

    The Assembly Room opens directly onto the lower west terrace and gardens. These gardens offer a private location for your event in the heart of the city. They offer a beautiful setting for larger receptions or additional seating for dinners occurring in the Assembly Room. These gardens may be tented (at an additional cost) to avoid inclement weather.

    West Gardens and Terraces – Upper

    The Quaker House Living Room and the Bridge Room open onto the upper west terrace and gardens via the adjacent corridor where stairs lead down to the lower west gardens. The upper gardens offer a gathering spot for your event that is private and intimate.

      East Gardens and Terraces

      Our Meeting Room, Decatur Place Room, and Terrace Room open onto the east gardens and terrace. These gardens are perfect for smaller receptions, photo shoots and filming, as well as outdoor activities connected to events in these indoor spaces.

        Amenities of all gardens

        • Direct access to associated indoor spaces
        • Electrical outlets available
        • May be tented (at additional cost)


        West terrace and gardens

        • Upper:
          • Up to 120 banquet style (40 on the terrace and 80 on the grass)
          • Approximately 125 theater style
          • Approximately 200 for a standing reception (140 if tented)
        • Lower:
          • Up to 165 banquet style (40 on the terrace and 125 on the grass)
          • Approximately 250 theater style
          • Approximately 250 for a standing reception (200 if tented)

        East terrace and gardens

        • Up to 32 banquet style (terrace)
        • Approximately 100 for a standing reception

        Square Footage

        West terrace and gardens

        Upper terrace: 595 sq feet
        Upper grass: 1,225 sq feet

        Total, upper: 1,820 sq feet

        Lower terrace: 644 sq feet
        Lower grass: 1,695 sq feet

        Total, lower: 2,339 sq feet

        East terrace and gardens

        Terrace: 1,575 sq feet
        Gardens: 1,306 sq feet

        Total, east terrace and gardens: 2,881 sq feet

        “My husband and I were married, in a small traditional Quaker ceremony, in the front garden of the Meeting House. It was a perfect ceremony, in a perfect venue—simple, elegant, and intimate. Afterward, we served light refreshments outdoors, and our guests were able to enjoy the gardens of the Meeting House.” ~ Basil K.