John Wanamaker's Department Store [now Macy's]

D. H. Burnham and Company

An elegant department store

Designed somewhat later than his Land Title Building in Philadelphia, this survivor of another era has passed from being Wanamaker family store, to a Lord & Taylor and now to a Macy's. Like the Land Title Building, it is a simple block with the traditional early skyscraper format: a tripartite structure with dominant base and top and a simple repetitive shaft. The facade is granite and limestone.

Monumental entrance

On this front facade, gigantic Doric columns and fluted piers extend through two stories.

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