Any connection to a family named Paul appears erroneous.
From the listing for Ellis A. Gimbel from WHO'S WHO IN PENNSYLVANIA
"engaging in the department store business in Philadelphia under the
firm name of Gimbel Brothers in the large stores at Ninth and Market
Streets previously occupied by Granville, Haines & Co. and Wood, Brown
City Directories, 1890s:
Wood, Brown & Co. sold drygoods and notions at 822, 824, and 826
Expansion of Gimbel Brothers at Ninth and Market:
ARCHITECTURE IN PHILADELPHIA: A GUIDE, by Edward Teitelman and Richard
W. Longstreth (1974, MIT)
Gimbels expanded to occupy Sharpless Building, Weightman Building
in 1888 by Willis Hale), and Haines Building (constructed in 1893 by
An 1887 insurance map shows several four/five story dry goods stores
on the site of the later Gimbels. An 1896 map shows a seven story
In 1900 Francis Kimball constructed the famous Gimbel store occupying
the entire block between 8th and 9th on Market St.
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