Eleanor Gesensway, who had led the original effort to save the building in the ’80s, called the proposal “a travesty” that “desecrates the honesty of the building.”
Although the internet attracts a lot of shopping dollars today, there was a time when a few blocks of Philadelphia’s Market Street were like the Mt. Everest of merchandizing.
Black Friday has become a major marketing tool used by retailers nationwide, but the term originated right here in Philadelphia. And it wasn’t because businesses finally showed a profit.
The Wanamaker pipe organ, nestled in the Grand Court of what is now Macy’s center city Philadelphia department store, is celebrating 100 years of high notes.
The Arden Theatre is wrapping up its mainstage season with a new work set in the early years of the John Wanamaker department store.
“An opera company needs to have a bigger footprint than what we have in the opera house, so we started thinking about ways that we could infiltrate the city.”
A look back at the Wanamaker’s we all know and remember.