Based on the recent book, Philadelphia’s Golden Age of Retail by Lawrence M. Arrigale & Thomas H. Keels, this historical and architectural tour will cover the rise and fall of Philadelphia’s great department and specialty stores from Wanamaker’s humble beginnings in 1861 to the closing of Strawbridge and Clothier in 2006, and all of the glory days in between.
During the ten block tour you’ll visit familiar but repurposed landmarks such as: the Lit Brothers Building, The Bailey Building, The Blum Store, J.E.Caldwell & Co. and Jacob Reed’s Sons. And you’ll also be stopping at the sites of vanished landmarks such as Gimbel’s and Snellenburg’s.
This tour will be led by co-author, Lawrence M. Arrigale. It begins at the southeast corner of 6th & Market Streets and concludes near 15th & Chestnut Streets.