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Built in 1786, this square, four-story brick house is the only free-standing Federal townhouse remaining in Society Hill.  This stunning mansion was once the home of Dr. Philip Physick, graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and considered to be the 'father of American surgery'.


With its huge doorway fan light (the largest in any Pennsylvania residence in 1786), its grand proportions and straight, classical lines, Hill-Physick House is an exceptional example of the Federal style. It is decorated with outstanding examples of French-influenced Neoclassic furnishings, popular during Dr. Physick's time in the house. 


The whimsical and unusually large city garden also contains plants popular in the 19th century. 

The Garden

Stunning and whimsical, the Hill-Physick 18th century garden can accommodate up to 100 guests for a seated dinner.  The meandering path, draping greenery, and tranquil fish pond can make you forget your in the heart of Society Hill!

 Important Note: For all seated parties over fifty 50 people and standing cocktail parties over 75 people we do require that a rain-hold is placed on a tent.  The tenting reservation fee is separate from our mansion rental fee and is not included in our base rental costs.  Tenting estimates can be obtained by contacting our exclusive tenting company, Ocean Tents

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The Mansion

The first floor drawing room may be used for seated luncheons or dinners of up to forty (40) people. Traditionally a bar is set up in the first floor parlor with the seated meal served in the drawing room.


Cocktail receptions of up to seventy-five (75) people can utilize the parlor and the drawing room on the first floor for a flowing event.


Weather permitting, guests can also venture out into the garden through our Jefferson Windows: a floor to ceiling sash windows which serve as both windows and doors.  


Guests are welcome to explore the museum spaces during their visit. House managers are on site to answer guests' questions about the history of the home. 

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