The Glass Menagerie

(1903), 37 E. Market Street

Architectural Style: Beaux Arts Renaissance

Walk inside this store in the afternoon as sunlight streams through the transom window and you will see that it is magically filled with rainbows. The unique leaded-glass transom was designed to be seen both from the inside and out, and the storefront's southern exposure allows the sunlight to shine through the prism glass. The sign is comprised of 560 pieces of glass and took seven weeks to complete. The facade of the building is created using a glazed terra cotta which was added in the 1920s. Near the top of the building you will notice the egg-and-dart molding. The Greeks designed the egg-and-dart molding thousands of years ago. The egg symbolizes birth and the dart symbolizes death.