A postcard view of Wanamaker’s on Broadway

Ninth Street between Broadway and Fourth Avenue is known as Wanamaker Place—a tribute to John Wanamaker’s department store, a premier shopping destination from the turn of the century into the 1950s.


The two buildings in this vintage postcard (I love the carriages scrambling around Broadway that comprised the traffic of the day) were both part of the Wanamaker empire.

The smaller structure, an 1862 cast-iron beauty next to Grace Church, became the first Wanamaker store. In 1902, Wanamaker built the taller annex next door.

Today, the spot that once housed Wanamaker’s is occupied by the giant Stewart House apartment building. And the annex? Kmart has been its main occupant since 1996.

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8 Responses to “A postcard view of Wanamaker’s on Broadway”

  1. E Says:

    I work for Nielsen (the TV ratings company) and until this past March, we were tenants of this building, which is mostly office space – AOL, MTV, and J.Crew still have space there. KMart is really only a small space on part of the ground floor (and some of the 2nd).

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I should have made that clearer–I was just trying to draw the comparison between the big store that occupied the site then and now.

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  4. Josie Says:

    I could swear there was a very small John Wanamaker store down in the financial district when I worked there in 1960-1961. It was on the east side of Broadway somewhere around Chambers Street. I remember buying a steam iron there. But now I can’t find any reference to it.

  5. Pontifikate Says:

    There was a John Wanamaker store in the financial district. I worked nearby in 1972 and remember going there. It was below Chambers, but I can’t recall the exact cross street on Broadway.

  6. Bruce Says:

    It was a three-story building on Liberty Street and opened in 1946.

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