By  on September 6, 2008

The signage no longer bears the signature of its founder, and its once-towering nine floors of retail space have shrunk to three, but the site of Philadelphia’s first department store, Wanamaker’s, is still a central spot in the lives of city residents.

For the last 132 years, ever since John Wanamaker bought an abandoned Pennsylvania Railroad depot with designs to transform it into a grand European-style market, the Philadelphia corner bounded by Market and Juniper Streets in Center City has been a place to meet and shop.

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