Wanamaker's Department Store
Original Author: John Wanamaker, publisher
Created: 1917
Medium: Printed photograph

Wanamaker’s Department Store

This photograph published in Philadelphia: A Guide, Made for the Convenience of People Interested in the City's Notable History and Present Achievements (1917) depicts the seven-story, marble-clad atrium in Wanamaker's Department Store in Philadelphia that was known as the Grand Court. On the far wall is a pipe organ used at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, later installed in the store, and subsequently enlarged several times so that music would fill the cavernous space. The building has been declared a National Historic Landmark. The store, currently owned by Macy's, still makes regular use of the organ, having it played twice a day from Monday through Saturday.