The Cosmopolitan Club

It’s always fun to discover new places in the city. Thanks to a friend, we were introduced to a wonderful private women’s social club, the Cosmopolitian Club, tucked away on a quiet side street in center city. It was founded in 1928 by a group of women from Philadelphia and the surrounding area. The members are all women and they represent an array of ages, races, cultures, interests, skills, professions and affiliations. The members on hand this evening were all extremely nice and welcoming. They made you feel as if you were already a member.

The Cosmopolitan Club hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Luckily, you don’t have to be a member to attend many of them. Speaker series, special events and social activities are just some of the events they host. A beautiful Art Deco Steinway grand piano, once played by George Gershwin, is the main focal point on the first floor. Much of the architecture and design throughout the interior of the club is Art Deco and it is beautiful.

The second floor had two rooms. One with large windows overlooking the absolutely breathtaking courtyard and gardens of the Rittenhouse Guest House and The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. And a smaller room that had a view of Latimer Street. The interior of the entire club was just stunning.

We went last Friday evening for an artist exhibition of four very talented artists.
Unique ethnic jewelry from Adornments by Caroline Wichmann, botanical watercolors by Carol Ashton-Hergenhan and wearable arts from JennaKDesigns by Jenna Knouse were all featured on the first floor. Small oil paintings by Nancy Herman were featured on the second floor. All the artwork was incredible. This was a very talented group of women! Along with the artwork, there was a very nice selection of wine, cheese, vegetables, dips, mini quiches and wraps.

Our first visit to the Cosmopolitan Club was a most enjoyable one. The very friendly staff, incredible artwork to preview and purchase, and the decor and history surrounding the club made it an evening we will soon not forget. I plan on going back to the club to enjoy more of their events and hope to one day be able to become a member.

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