For a brief time, the black construction barricade hiding the future Walnut Street (Philadelphia) store was partially removed, and it became clear the store will both retain historic features and incorporate Apple’s modern storefront design. Several photos submitted to IFO show brand new windows on the upper level, in very small panes set between the decorative columns. One of the windows was missing, as workers apparently used it for construction access. On the ground level, the top seven feet of the barricade was missing, allowing a view of the storefront frame, which is now masonry. The opening itself spans the entire width of the building, suggesting a wide and tall glass storefront. It’s not clear if stainless steel will also appear on the storefront. Lastly, although there have been tips of a July grand opening, a recent photo of the interior shows considerable construction work still remains to be completed.
Thanks to Steve and others for the photos.