The Acorn Club

Tandem fit arbor, part of The Acorn Club logo, refers to the acorn “at last becomes a tree.” A fitting logo for our private women‘s city club located in the heart of Philadelphia — a place for women of all ages to learn, grow, share, and celebrate. The Club is a favorite meeting place for members and their guests — providing the comfort and privacy of a home amidst a lively city.

Located in the scenic Rittenhouse Square district, the Club exists for the “promotion of literary, musical and artistic tastes and for social enjoyments and such other kindred purposes as the Club may from time to time determine.” An accomplished and dynamic membership of nearly 700 keeps The Acorn Club a place of community and kinship. With a devoted staff, superior dining and a full schedule of social programming, The Acorn Club has established itself as an premier private woman's club.

The 22,000 square foot clubhouse is beautifully decorated with outstanding works of fine art acquired over the past 100 years. Step into the lobby and you are surrounded by picturesque "Vues d'Amerique Du Nord" (Scenes of North America) produced by Jean Zuber et Cie. Additional Zuber Cie panels of American landscapes can be found in other locations throughout the Club.

  • Dining & Hours
    • Monday - Friday

      Breakfast is served from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
      Lunch is served a la carte from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Afternoon Tea is by request from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      Thursday Evenings

      Happy Hour is offered every Thursday evening in the Bar beginning at 5:00 p.m.
      A la Carte Dinner is served every Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

      Reservations are preferred. Dining is for members, their guests, and members of Reciprocal Clubs only.

      Fitness Room Hours

      The Fitness Room on the 4th floor is available for use Monday - Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please check in and sign a waiver at the front desk.
  • Policies & Dress Code
    • Dress Code

      1. Attire matching the elegance of the Club and respectful of its traditions is required. Members, guests and visitors are expected to respect the Dress Code and members should advise their guests of the Club’s Dress Code before they visit the Club.
      2. Appropriate attire for Ladies includes dress pants, a skirt or a dress.
      3. Jackets are preferred for Gentlemen in the Club House at lunch and required after 5pm except in the Bar. Unless otherwise stated, gentlemen are required to wear collared shirts and tailored dress slacks. A tie is optional unless otherwise specified on an event flyer.
      4. Designer jeans are permitted in the Bar Room only. Jeans with holes are never permitted. Athletic attire is permitted in the Fitness Room only.
      5. Members and guests, upon arriving at the Club, may change from athletic shoes to dress shoes in the first floor Lounges.
      6. Overnight guests may wear casual clothing when entering and exiting the Clubhouse.

      Cell Phones and Digital Devices

      1. Please silence all cell phones when entering the Club.
      2. Charging stations are available at the front desk.
      3. Making or receiving phone calls within the Club is limited to the Members Lounge, restrooms and privately reserved rooms. Please be considerate of other Members when talking on the phone.
      4. Speaker mode may not be used within the Club House.
      5. Check with the Front Desk for permission to use laptops and other digital devices in appropriate and available areas other than the Members Lounge.
      6. A cell phone in silent mode may be used discreetly for the purposes of sharing photos or reading.

  • Club History
    • Established in 1889, The Acorn Club has the honor of being the first woman’s club of its kind in this country and owes its conception to a walking club - The Outing Club.

      At its inception the club had eight charter members. Located at 1519 Locust Street, its residence for over 50 years, the Club provides a gracious and welcoming environment in Center City Philadelphia. The first meeting place was a house with small narrow room on Pine Street. The first clubhouse was located at 1504 Walnut Street, and larger nearby locations were purchased as the Club grew, until settling at 1519 Locust in 1956. Architect Sydney Martin designed the present clubhouse.

      Founders of The Acorn Club felt confident that the club would continue to grow and develop with the times. The younger generations have fulfilled the founders’ vision for the club and continue to develop its culture and personality.

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