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Facilities Overview

Phipps Conservatory, one of the nation's oldest and largest Victorian greenhouses, is the perfect location for any event:

  • a wedding ceremony or cocktail reception in the Outdoor Garden
  • a celebration in the beautiful Special Events Hall
  • a photography session in the formal French garden the Parterre de Broderie
  • a meeting or group event at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park.
Tropical Forest Conservatory & Special Events Hall

Tropical Forest Conservatory and Special Events Hall

Special Events Hall capacity: 175 seated with a dance floor; 200 seated without a dance floor; 250 - 300 seated theatre style.

The Tropical Forest Conservatory, a 12,000-square-foot complex of paths, tree-top lookout, waterfalls and fish pond, is unrivaled as a special event venue in Pittsburgh.

Adjacent to the Tropical Forest is our Special Events Hall that is dedicated to hosting private events. This space features glass walls that offer breath-taking views of the lush Tropical Forest and the vistas of Oakland landmarks.

To reserve this space, please contact our Event Sales Department.

Outdoor Garden

Outdoor Garden

Ceremony capacity: 250 seated or 350 standing.
Reception capacity: 250 seated with a dance floor.

The Outdoor Garden, one large garden made up of many smaller gardens, provides approximately one acre of outdoor tranquility. The Outdoor Garden includes a perennial garden, a collection of dwarf conifers, a border of pink and white flowering plants, annuals, semi-shade plants, medicinal plants, and an herb garden. Seasonal tents are provided by Phipps to accommodate 200 seated guests. Additional tents can be rented to accommodate up to 250 seated guests for a reception.

To reserve this space, please contact our Event Sales Department.

Parterre de Broderie Garden

Broderie Room

Capacity: 32 seated or 50 standing.

The Parterre de Broderie garden, a smaller scale of the gardens of the chateaux, castles, and palaces of French nobility in the time of Louis XIV, is home to an Italian wellhead and bronze Edmund Ameteis maiden statues. This is a lovely location for weddings attended by 50 or fewer guests.

To reserve this space, please contact our Event Sales Department.

Palm Court and South Conservatory

Palm Court and South Conservatory

Capacity: 125 standing.

The Palm Court, a spacious, tropical and peaceful interior room of the glasshouse, is the focal point of the Conservatory. It is home to palms that stand gracefully at heights of up to 50 feet, as well as statues, benches, and a relaxing central courtyard. The South Conservatory, used for seasonal flower shows, is one of the Conservatory's main display areas. When combined with the Palm Court, the South Conservatory is an excellent room for cocktail receptions for 125 or fewer guests.

To reserve this space, please contact our Event Sales Department.

Entire Facility

Entire Facility

The entire Phipps facility is available for your special occasion. Invite guests to take their champagne and conversation through all fourteen glass rooms as they enjoy an unforgettable event at Phipps.

To reserve this space, please contact our Event Sales Department.

Other Facilities

Botany Hall

Botany Hall

Classroom capacity: 40 seated.
Lecture Hall capacity: 103.

Botany Hall is a great location for meetings and presentations. The 100-seat Joan Kilner Hunt Auditorium, equipped with the latest audio visual equipment, is perfect for business retreats, lectures, presentations and seminars. Botany Hall also houses a classroom that can be used for workshops, demonstrations, or for small receptions.

To reserve this space, please contact our Event Sales Department.

Phipps Garden Center

Phipps Garden Center

Capacity: 100 seated utilizing two rooms.

The Garden Center, a charming Carriage House on the former Mellon Estate, is a fantastic location for a more casual meal or reception. With two large rooms, a quaint outdoor terrace, and a stage, the Garden Center serves as an excellent gathering place for your organization's year-end banquet, your office holiday party, or any celebration.

To reserve this space, please contact our Event Sales Department.