Nestled in the heart of Reading’s Callowhill District, the historic WCR Center for the Arts has been the principal venue for concerts of the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading for half a century. Built as a merchant’s home in the mid-19th Century, it became the Wyomissing Club at the turn of the 20th Century, then the Woman’s Club of Reading shortly thereafter. The ladies of the Club added its distinctive auditorium around 1919, and through the remainder of the past century, provided the community with numerous cultural events, including concerts, theatrical productions, lectures, meetings and social gatherings.
In 2004, a group of local civic leaders took over ownership of the building and formed the not-for-profit organization WCR Center for the Arts, Inc., whose mission has been to preserve this historic facility to support the arts and community engagement.
WCR Center for the Arts has several unique rental spaces perfectly suited for your event!
AUDITORIUM – The grand two-story auditorium at WCR provides a dramatic showcase for a variety of events. Be the “Belle of the Ball” at your wedding or Quinceañera; command the stage during a concert or performance… the possibilities are endless in this stately room that boasts an acoustical quality unmatched anywhere in southeastern Pennsylvania.
GALLERY & RECEPTION HALL – Original scroll moldings, exquisite leaded stained glass windows and divine details bring an elegant touch to any smaller event. The rooms can be used separately or combined to best suit your needs. A lovely space for exhibits, showers,