Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade…Strawbridge & Clothier’s Corinthian Room Restaurant…Blum’s window displays…Wanamaker’s Light Show and Rocket Express…
Revisit the enchantment and resplendence of downtown, brick-and-mortar retail on this special holiday tour and reception co-presented by the Preservation Alliance and the Philadelphia History Museum. Guides Eileen Lewis and Andrew Dibb will share the architectural history of Philadelphia’s central commercial district and recount the tricks of the trade that the city’s visionary merchants once used to generate goodwill and foot traffic during the holiday shopping season.
While Philadelphia’s original “Big Five” department stores had all closed their doors by 2006, their legacy lives on in countless memories and traditions passed down from generation to generation. Learn the history of the rise and fall of Philadelphia’s great department and specialty stores, and see how Center City retail continues to adapt to new consumer demands.
Following the tour, guests are invited to warm up with a festive cocktail reception hosted by the Philadelphia History Museum. Enjoy seasonal sips and snacks and view the holiday pop-up exhibit of retailing artifacts and ephemera drawn from the Museum’s Collection.
If you were ever one to meet at the eagle or rub the boar’s nose, be sure to join us for this guided walk along Market and Chestnut Streets, and a trip down memory lane.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
2:00 PM — Tour departs from outside the Juniper Street entrance of the Wanamaker Building (100 E. Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107). Tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
4:00 PM — Reception at the Philadelphia History Museum (15 S. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106).
TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE!
Member, Preservation Alliance or Philadelphia History Museum | $25
General Ticket | $30
Children 10 and under, accompanied by an adult | Free
Image courtesy of The Library Company of Philadelphia, George M. Brightbill Postcard Collection.