Item: Wanamaker Organ

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Record Number: 10978
Collection: John Wanamaker collection [2188]
Box Number: 209
Folder Number: 1B
Image description: Photograph of the interior of Wanamaker's Department Store at 13th and Market Streets showing the famed Wanamaker Organ. Designed by renowned organ architect George Ashdown Audsley, the organ was built by the Los Angeles Art Organ Company for the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. In 1909, John Wanamaker purchased the organ to install in his new Philadelphia department store. The organ, made up of more than 10,000 pipes, required thirteen freight cars to transport from St. Louis and installation took two years. The organ was first heard at Wanamaker's on June 22, 1911 at the exact moment when England's King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey. The organ was also featured prominently later that year when President William Howard Taft visited to dedicate the store.