The Deacon PHL

Set to open in early March.

A circa-1906, Watson & Huckel-designed church is getting a new life as The Deacon, a boutique hotel and event space offering a unique, thoughtfully-curated guest experience, designed for a diverse set of occasions, gatherings, and creative projects.

Its Past

The space was previously home to the First African Baptist Church a congregation rich in history and offering services to their surrounding community. Through changing times the building came under great disrepair forcing the congregation to relocate to West Philadelphia. The team at the Deacon felt it important breath new life into the gorgeous, soaring limestone, Gothic Revival-style church, that was almost a victim to the wrecking ball two years ago before it was designated historic. 

Its Future

The Deacon is a reimagining of the space that honors the building's origin of being a place to gather. Eight Bedrooms flank an open area made for unwinding, exploring, and creating memorable experiences. Each room features luxury bedding and mattresses by Wright, unique layouts and artwork, original stained glass windows, Sonos speakers, Wifi and many thoughtfully chosen details. We have partnered with local businesses to create a unique Philadelphia experience from your cup of morning coffee to unwinding after sight-seeing at some of our favorite spots. Shannon Maldonado (of Yowie) is redesigning the soaring, stained glass-adorned, gold-trimmed 7,000-square foot sacred space as a cozy, chic gathering spot. The location at 1600 Christian Street is centrally located near recent development on Broad Street and a short walk from Rittenhouse.

The church was almost a victim to the wrecking ball two years ago before it was designated historic. 
— Shannon Maldonado - Yowie
Cory Popp