Conference dinner

The Wanamaker building was originally home of the John Wanamaker Department Store: one of the first department stores in America, and the first department store in Philadelphia.

For people interested in exploring this historical building:

Hear the World’s Largest Pipe Organ in the world‘s most beautiful Department store: Macy’s.

Most Philadelphians don’t realize that the largest working musical instrument in the world is built into one of the city’s landmarks, the former John Wanamaker department store, now Macy’s, at 13th and Market streets. The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy’s is a 7-story-high contraption bigger than most people’s houses, even rich people’s. The vast maze of 26,677 pipes and baffles and bellows and wires and wooden stairways lies hidden behind what many of us have always thought was the Wanamaker Organ.

A detailed history of the Wanamaker Organ at Macy’s Philadelphia from it’s creation to it’s current pipe count of 28,750:

Every day of the week but Sunday, two times a day, pipe organ music cascades over the regal Grand Court of the Macy’s Center City store in Philadelphia, filling the soaring space with rich orchestral tones. Like the hall it occupies, the 111-year-old Wanamaker Grand Court Organ is an unparalleled example of craftsmanship that speaks to the opulent construction standards of an earlier era. Yet, the instrument—the world’s largest playing organ—is even more captivating today than when it was first built.

Visitors can see the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ up close by signing up in advance for a 45-minute Historic Tour, offered daily at the Macy’s Center City store. Participants will learn about the history of Macy’s, the Wanamaker Building and the Grand Court Eagle (picture below):

 

Map to the Conference Dinner venue: