A Look Inside Cescaphe’s New Wedding Venue at the Battery
Housed in a former power plant on the Delaware River, the destination blends modern decor accents with historical details.
Cescaphe has a 20-year history of taking landmarks throughout Philadelphia and turning them into supreme venues — and the new Switch House at the Battery in Fishtown is the most remarkable yet. “It’s an architectural masterpiece,” says Joe Volpe, who co-owns Cescaphe, a luxury event management company, with wife and chief creative officer Andrea. Cescaphe partnered with real estate investor Lubert-Adler on the transformation of the former PECO plant — opened in the 1920s, it provided power throughout Philly for decades — into a multi-use destination that will include the new venue and a 45-room hotel, both operated by Cescaphe.
That was the icing on the cake for the Volpes, who have long wanted a venue with on-site accommodations to complement their six other locations. The 20,000-square-foot Switch House offers separate areas for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception (capacity: between 150 and 325 guests). Cescaphe considered historical details when re-envisioning the space, and modern decor accents, including a floating cement staircase, provide what Andrea calls “urban elegance.”
The building’s walls are made entirely from concrete and were left exposed. They juxtapose modern decor like the chandeliers.
Even better: The venue is designed solely for the Big Day. So the rest of the fun — from the rehearsal dinner to the day-after brunch — takes place at other areas on the property, such as the rooftop. It’s all part of Cescaphe’s goal to create a destination wedding experience — right in Philly.
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Published as “Flip the Switch” in the Winter/Spring 2024 issue of Philadelphia Wedding.
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