Shopping Becomes an Art History Lesson in Philadelphia

From New York’s Rockefeller Center to the Shops at La Cantera, San Antonio, there aren’t many Anthropologie’s in the U.S. that I haven’t visited.

Whether it’s my local store in Old Town, Alexandria or completely across the country in Seattle, the rich colors, textures, apparel, housewares, and accessories; not to mention the one of a kind storefront displays and art-adorned walls done by Anthro’s very own display managers give each Anthropologie a magic of its own.

Oh yes, and did I mention the fashion

Well, my admiration of this wonderful brand was taken to an entirely different level after my visit to the company’s flagship store on Walnut Street in Philadelphia this past weekend.

What started out as a day trip of my favorite things – shopping, dining, and visiting a museum or two – quickly fizzled down to two or three after my stroll down Philly’s bustling Walnut Street.

Once I hit the corner of 18th & Walnut Street, I climbed a set of marble stairs to a most welcoming entryway, and the art show began.  I couldn’t stop taking it all in from one end to the next.

Anthropologie’s flagship store resides in the historic mansion of Sarah Drexel Fell, which she commissioned to be built and lived in with her husband Alexander Van Renssealaer.

Below are the images I captured during my visit over this magnificent weekend, which you’ll see from the amazing cement spiral stairs beneath the Tiffany glass dome ceiling to the ceiling of paintings of Popes. This place is magic! Hope you enjoy the photos!

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