May 16, 2016 |
The concept of Philadelphia most of us hold in our heads has little to do with geography, demographics, or history. Instead, each of us invents a personal hometown, one defined by the places, tastes, teams, and institutions we love best. Just as City Hall sits at the heart of William Penn's urban design, my Philadelphia's epicenter is the Wanamaker eagle. That fixed landmark in the center court of what is now the Center City Macy's has been a meeting place, a bulwark against change, a resolute symbol of the city ever since John Wanamaker set it down there in 1910.
January 14, 2015 |
Eugenia Burke Meade, 93, of Haddonfield, who retired in 1980 as corporate pension director and senior counselor for John Wanamaker, died Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Haddonfield home of her daughter, Mary Jo Gallagher. After she retired from the department store chain, Mrs. Meade was a teacher of weekly Confraternity of Christian Doctrine classes for youngsters who do not attend Catholic schools. The classes were at from the mid-1980s to the mid-2000s at Christ the King Regional School in Haddonfield, where she was also a substitute teacher and a playground moderator.
July 30, 2013
TO: GOV. CORBETT RE: Operation Comeback First, I hope you enjoyed your getaway weekend at Bedford Springs Resort, and may I say what an excellent venue to meet with donors and advisers to start your "operation comeback. " Anything 100 miles from Harrisburg must seem pleasant to you, no? Plus, the history! Bedford was George Washington's headquarters during the "Whiskey Rebellion. " You used the setting to reset your own "Whiskey Rebellion," right? Pretty clever.
June 27, 2013 |
Ann Marie Swartz, 74, a retired accounting clerk with the Diocese of Camden, died Sunday, June 22, of heart disease at Cooper University Hospital. Born in Palo Alto, Pa., to Thomas and Leah Colan, Mrs. Swartz graduated from Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary High School in Pottsville, Pa., in 1957. She attended Immaculata University for two years, hoping to become a nun, her daughter Lisa Myers said. An illness forced her to drop out. She met John "Jack" Swartz in April 1961, got engaged to him that year, and married in April 1962.
May 21, 2013 |
IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins has won the 2013 John Wanamaker Athletic Award. The Philadelphia native will receive the award June 20 in a ceremony at the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room. In 2011, Hopkins broke George Foreman's record as the oldest fighter in history to win a title when he defeated Jean Pascal for the WBC and Ring Magazine light-heavyweight crowns at age 46. On March 9, Hopkins easily decisioned Tavoris Cloud to capture the IBF title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
April 10, 2013 |
Emilie DeS. Atlee, 97, of Narberth, a portrait and landscape painter who used the Atlantic seaboard as her material, died Wednesday, April 3, of advanced age at her home. Mrs. Atlee was a celebrated portrait artist who started out rendering portraits on paper with pastels and expanded into the use of oil pigments on canvas. She also painted with watercolors. Many of the scenes she painted were of the seashore or city. Others depicted the countryside and a covered bridge, or the play of light over treetops.
May 16, 2012
Flyers center Claude Giroux will receive the 2012 John Wanamaker athletic award June 5 at the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room. The Philadelphia Sports Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, presents the award each year in conjunction with Amerimar/Behringer Harvard. This season, Giroux scored 28 goals and had 93 points and led the NHL in scoring during the first two rounds of the playoffs. Since 1961, the Wanamaker Award has been presented "to the athlete, team, or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.
July 19, 2011 |
An expansion and redevelopment project is ahead for King of Prussia Mall, with officials announcing Tuesday plans to demolish the old John Wanamaker department store at the complex in order to make way for 10 new retail stores. The Wanamaker store at the Plaza, which was transformed for a short time into a Strawbridge's before it was decommissioned some time ago, will become the site of a two-story, 122,790-square-foot new building, officials said. It is the first major redevelopment at the East Coast's largest shopping mall since 2001, when construction crews redeveloped another old Strawbridge and Clothier store into the Pavilion.
March 31, 2000 |
"Meet me at the eagle. " The eagle, of course, is the magnificently massive bronze bird in the Grand Court of the former John Wanamaker store (now Lord and Taylor) at 13th and Market.The bird stands 6-foot-6, weighs 2,500 pounds and has 5,000 feathers. For nearly 90 years, it's been Philadelphia's best-known meeting place. At the center of the central court of the Center City department store that will soon be known as Hecht's, the massive sculpture with tailfeathers you can sit beneath served as ultimate photo-op yesterday.
November 21, 1999 |
Sometime this season, many parents or grandparents will take their children to Lord & Taylor to see Philadelphia's hokey, yet well-loved, tradition - the Christmas light show in the store's grand court. In their rush, they may not notice the statue of a rather unprepossessing man on the east plaza of City Hall. After all, he's not on a horse, or waving a flag or a gun. And they might not read the simple plaque on the simple statue, which simply says: "John Wanamaker - citizen.