Revisit the heyday of downtown, brick-and-mortar retail on this special tour co-presented by the Preservation Alliance and the Philadelphia History Museum. Guide Eileen Lewis will share the architectural history of Philadelphia’s central commercial district and recount the tricks of the trade that the city’s visionary merchants once used to generate goodwill and foot traffic during the springtime shopping season.
While Philadelphia’s original “Big Five” department stores had all closed their doors by 2006, their legacy lives on in countless memories and traditions passed down from generation to generation. Learn the history of the rise and fall of Philadelphia’s great department and specialty stores, and see how Center City retail continues to adapt to new consumer demands.
If you were ever one to meet at the eagle or rub the boar’s nose, be sure to join us for this guided walk along Market and Chestnut Streets, and a trip down memory lane.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
1:00 PM — Tour will depart from the steps of the Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street. Tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
General Admission | $20
Member, Preservation Alliance or Philadelphia History Museum | $15
Children 10 and under, accompanied by an adult | Free
Admission to the Philadelphia History Museum included with tour ticket.
Tour group size is limited to 15. — Tickets MUST be purchased in advance.