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Old Wanamaker Building

1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

 

Although the Wanamaker department stores have been sold, the Wanamaker building still bears the family name and houses the world’s largest organ. Wanamaker had the organ installed as an expression of his commitment to aesthetics as a part of God’s creation and service to mankind. Psalm 150 declares: “Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD” (NIV). Wanamaker believed that such praise even belongs in a department store.