Meet Me At The Eagle

Among the vast amount of history within the city of Philadelphia, did you know that one of the first department stores in the United States still sits at the corner of 13th & Market Streets today? Opened in 1876 (and later replaced in 1910 with a new structure at the exact same spot) by John Wanamaker, the store was sold a number of times beginning in 1978 until the May Department Stores Company acquired it in 1995 and eventually converted the store to a Macy's in 2005.

At the heart of the store's Florentine-style Grand Court is a bronze statue of an eagle, a symbol of Wanamaker's stores. The eagle in the 13th & Market store was handmade in 1904 in Frankfurt, Germany. Weighing in at 2,500 lbs., the floor beneath the Grand Court had to be reinforced with girders to support the statue which features 5,000 hand-sculpted feathers, including 1,600 on the head of the eagle alone.

Since it's early days, Philadelphians would make plans to "meet me at the eagle". Today, the eagle is a popular stop for photos for tourists as well as one of the prized seats to view the annual Christmas Light Show.