Downtown Crossing in Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
This plaque commemorates the historic site of
In 1841, nineteen year old Eben Dyer Jordan began a remarkable and innovative journey that would lead to the founding, with partner Benjamin L. Marsh, of the renowned mercantile establishment whose flagship store was established at this location. Simultaneously, a young adventurer named Rowland Hussey Macy left his family home on Nantucket to begin a dry goods store in the heart of Boston. While this venture was short-lived, “Captain” Macy gained valuable experience which eventually led to the creation of the famed retail landmark that bears his name. On March 25, 1996, the name Macy’s came home to its roots as these two great institutions merged to begin a new era of retailing traditions throughout the New England community.
A Division of Federated Department Stores, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1841.
Location. 42° 21.305′ N, 71° 3.611′ W. Marker is in Boston, MassachusettsTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Summer Street, Boston MA 02110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trinity Church in the City of Boston (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Beginning of Jordan Marsh (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hull Mint (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Ralph Waldo Emerson (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Adams House Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Franklin Place (about 400 feet away); The Gerrymander (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
More about this marker. The marker is a large metal plaque, mounted directly onto the granite wall. There are five of these markers along the facade of the building. This Macy's downtown Boston store was formerly the Jordan Marsh flagship store.
Also see . . .
1. Jordan Marsh.
Jordan Marsh & Company was a department store in Boston, Massachusetts, which grew to be a major regional chain in the New England area of the United States. As the business grew, it moved from one location to another and in 1861 Jordan and Marsh acquired a brownstone building at 450 Washington Street, in the heart of what is still Boston's downtown shopping district. In 1996, the last of the Jordan Marsh stores were converted to Macy's. The store was formerly part of Allied Stores and then Federated Department Stores. (Submitted on March 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Downtown Crossing.
Downtown Crossing is a shopping district that is a small part of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It features large department stores as well as restaurants, souvenir sellers, general retail establishments, and street vendors. The section of Washington Street between Temple and Bromfield streets (and portions of Winter and Summer streets) are closed to most vehicular traffic; pedestrians may walk freely in the street. (Submitted on March 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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