Macy’s Center City is a unique Philadelphia landmark that marries the modern with the historical, creating a modern shopping experience in the midst of some of the city’s most important attractions.
History and Architecture
The Wanamaker Organ
In 1909 John Wanamaker purchased the 10,000 pipe organ which was created for the St. Louis World's Fair. The organ took two years to install and was played to the public for the first time on June 22, 1911, the official opening date of the John Wanamaker store. Between 1911 and 1930 an additional 18,000 pipes were added to the organ bringing it to today’s grand total of 29,000 pipes, making it the world's largest performing pipe organ. Several years later, it was installed in the Grand Court of the Wanamaker building. A National Historic Landmark since 1980, the six manuals and thousands of pipes allow the organ to play with the capabilities of three symphony orchestras. The organ console weighs 2.5 tons and the entire instrument weighs 287 tons.
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