The Wanamaker Building

Location: Philadelphia, PA

In 1902 John Wanamaker, an established retailer, created what was likely America's first modern department store in Center City Philadelphia. Chicago Architect, Daniel H. Burnham designed the new 12-story, 150,000 SF, Florentine-style replacement building on the existing site of Wanamaker's thriving retail store, which occupied a former Pennsylvania Railroad station. The structure consists of structural steel framing with concrete floor slabs. The facade is composed of the highest quality marble, granite and painted cast iron with a monumental ornamental terra cotta cornice at the roof line. Today, the building houses Macy's department store and is listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, celebrating the building's place in history as the first illuminated store (1878), and the first store to install a telephone (1879). O'Donnell & Naccarato has provided structural engineering and facade investigation services on a multitude of projects at the Wanamaker Building over the past 30 plus years.