Modeled after Italian Renaissance architecture, The Patio is a gorgeous wedding venue as well as an incredible corporate event location. This sweeping interior courtyard is surrounded by Botticino marble and features a stunning fountain as its centerpiece. It’s unique space is one of the few Gatsby-era estates still intact and the only estate of Italian Neo-Renaissance style in the area.

Built by John Jakob Raskob between 1916 and 1918, The Patio’s beauty so inspired his wife, Helena, that she often described it as a “Castle of Dreams.” We love to see the beauty of this space magnified with enchanting weddings, social events and corporate functions. Enjoy J. Scott Catering’s delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails on the outdoor terrace, make your grand entrance down the magnificent double staircase, and dance the night away under a striking stained glass ceiling.

We are pleased to partner exclusively with J. Scott Catering for all culinary needs at The Patio. Let us help you plan your dream wedding reception at this dazzling 20th century mansion!

We believe it’s important to preserve The Patio’s unique, historic beauty, so we ask that it is used with museum-like care and conservation. Events that take place at The Patio must be appropriate to the venue, and participants must understand the significant historical and personal value of this “home of Archmere.”

Visit the J. Scott Catering website to learn more about The Patio and to schedule a tour.

Renting The Patio

PLEASE NOTE: The Patio is unavailable from June 1st through September 1st.

Rental Fees are as follows and are based on 5-hour use:

Alumni Discounts available.

Wedding/Banquet Fees:
Friday, Saturday   Sunday - Thursday
125 -150 people      $5,000
100 - 124 people     $4,000
Under 100 people    $3,000
   125 - 150 people      $4,500
   100 - 124 people      $3,500
   Under 100 people     $2,500

Fees for standing reception format are available upon request.
NOTE:
A $500 fee will be charged an additional hour, with an event maximum set at 6 hours.

All Other Rental Fees (Based on a 3-Hour Use):
Friday, Saturday    Sunday - Thursday
125 -150 people      $2,000                         
100 - 124 people     $1,500
Under 100 people    $1,000
   125 - 150 people      $1,750          
   100 - 124 people      $1,250
   Under 100 people     $  750

NOTE: A $500 fee will be charged an additional hour, with an event maximum set at 4 hours.

Guidelines for Renting The Patio:
  • Tents are permitted; no tent other than an approved caterer's or Archmere vendor may be used.
  • No smoking is permitted in The Patio.
  • All events are subject to a minimum $1,000 security deposit (due 30 days prior to event). Security deposit will be fully refunded if Archmere determines no damage to The Patio has occurred.
  • All clients must insure their event for a minimum of $2M liability coverage with Archmere Academy listed as the co-insured. All vendors must also have $2M minimum of liability coverage.
  • All arrangements for advance set-ups and deliveries must be cleared through the Events Coordinator.
  • Installation and removal of decorations are the responsibility of the renter on the day of the event and must have prior approval by the Events Coordinator.
  • Seasonal décor must not be disturbed. Surfaces damaged from the use of decorations will be repaired at renter’s expense.
  • Requests for audiovisual equipment and services must be made at least three working days in advance and may incur additional fees. Any outside equipment/lighting must be approved in advance.
  • No person may move furnishings for any purpose without the prior approval of the Events Coordinator.
  • Pets are not permitted in The Patio.
 
Events organized by school groups or individual faculty or staff members, parents, or students related to school programs may be scheduled in The Patio. These events require set-up and clean-up by facilities staff. A charge of $500 to the event is required to cover these direct costs of cleaning services, event management and facilities staff time. Faculty and staff may use The Patio for private functions or personal use; in these instances, costs may be charged depending on the size and requirements of the event.