Chicago Mercantile Exchange

  • Calendar

    April 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 5, 2012

    For Sale: A Dozen Photos of the Mighty Mercantile National Bank In the 1940s

    ​A couple of years back we virtually toured the Mercantile Bank Building as it looked following its 1958 redo, when Heritage Auctions made available 17 never-before-seen photos of R.L. Thornton's skyscraper taken by legendary Chicago-based architectural-photo firm Hedrich Blessing. Those photos, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    At Much, Much Bigger Joule, a Recording Studio, New Charlie Palmer, Underground Spa and, Finally, Return of Mercantile Mosaics

    Via David KirkpatrickA look at one of the Merc's mosaics before it was removed​For close to two years we've written here and there (and there and there and ...) about Tim Headington's slow-but-sure downtown takeover via The Joule's expansion, which, we recently learned, is the reason the Praetoria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Downtown Dallas, in Pewter

    ReplicaBuildings/InFocusTech​A Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to Boing Boing, which yesterday pointed out that you can buy a replica of the Texas School Book Depository made of pewter courtesy something called InFocusTech. (Which prompted this comment: "It's a riddle, wrapped in an en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Outside the Statler, a Celebration. Inside the Statler, a Sneak Peek at the Work to Be Done.

    Photos by Sam MertenWho can you name in this gathering of officials the mayor pulled together for a press conference-closing group photo?​When Sam and I got to Main Street Garden around 2:15 this afternoon for the Statler-sale press conference, there weren't a lot of people around -- just a few fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Into Downtown's Tunnels, A Horror Story

    From time to time we've revisited the damage done to downtown Dallas by Montreal urban planner Vincent Ponte, who proposed in the June 1968 issue of Esquire that downtown Dallas bury its businesses underground -- a decision then-Dallas Mayor Laura Miller referred to in The New York Times in '05 as " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    You Love His Work on Unfair Park. Tonight, See (and Buy) Justin Terveen's Photos in Person.

    Justin Terveen"Self Apparition," one of the few self-portraits taken by Justin Terveen​It was three years ago I was first introduced to the work of Justin Terveen, though I didn't know it then -- clearly. But since then, of course, I've fallen in love with his photos -- clearly. Hard to say which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    One Guess What Downtown Really Needs

    UCR Urban's Jack Gosnell -- who helped convince Forest City to redo the Merc and the Continental -- is among those who've been charged with recruiting retail to downtown. Which, presumably, is why Aaron Gentry, our pal Justin Terveen and the You Dallas crew accompanied Gosnell on a tour of downtown, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    A Step Back and Into the Atmos Complex

    Inside the former Lone Star Gas Co. Building's Harwood Street entrance, where the lobby remains but the original ceiling is hidden​Friend of Unfair Park and downtown denizen Noah Jeppson got into the Atmos Complex over the weekend thanks to an invite from John Greenan, executive director of Centr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    How Affordable Is Downtown Dallas Housing? We Send Our Intern to Find Out.

    Photos by Elliot Kaiser​Note from Jim: In the last week of April I asked the city to tell me how many guaranteed low-income housing units are available in downtown Dallas. There should be lots of them by now -a a couple thousand by some estimates -- because over the decades, the city has used hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    A Sneak Peek at the Continental Redo

    Flickr photo: JVanT​From time to time, downtown-dwelling Friends of Unfair Park will ask: What's up with the Continental Building? Not much, of late: Forest City, also behind the Merc overhaul, had been hoping to begin work in '09, but last May Jim Truitt, Forest City's vice president of residenti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    A Picture of a Lewisville Lumber Salesman Sold For $26,000. But Those Merc Photos, Not at All.

    Heritage Auction Galleries/Hedrich BlessingThe drive-thru at the Friendly Mercantile, as seen amongst the 17 photos that can be yours for a steal​Richard Avedon's photo of Lewisville lumber salesman John Harrison and his daughter Melissa, taken in 1981 for In the American West, sold for $26,290. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    After the Explosion: How Irving Might Wind Up Using Texas Stadium Site

    One of the early conceptual renderings for the Texas Stadium site, before officials decided to blow it up real good​Patrick will be along shortly with some photos and observations from today's final final media tour of what remains of Texas Stadium before the big blow-em-up on April 11. (Hey, ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Willis Winters Gives Us a Slightly Soggy, Kind of Early Walking Tour of Main Street Garden

    Less than one month from now, this very spot will be where the city plants Thomas Balsley's 60-foot-tall Christmas tree.​Willis Winters, assistant director of the city's Park and Recreation Department, was kind enough to give Unfair Park a tour of the $17-million Main Street Garden this morning -- ... More >>

  • News

    August 13, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Mayor Tom Leppert Toasts the Newly Reopened Mercantile Place

    The developers at the mic said it, and the poolside bigwigs all seemed to agree: From the sleek, modern design to the inventive lounge chairs, the new-look Mercantile Place is a big win for a downtown resurgence.The high-rise apartments are filling up; a swanky new restaurant, Jean Michel's, is open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2008

    I Meant to Take Pictures Inside The Merc. But, Really, That View is Amazing.

    A view of the new Mercantile complex, The Element, taken from the original historic building The Mercantile Place on Main's been open since March, and some 20 percent of the 66-year-old, 31-story building's occupied -- impressive, given the cheapest one-bedroom apartment in the all-rental rehab with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008

    The Best Photo of Dallas ... Ever?

    Fine. Perhaps that headline's a little too gassy with hyperbole. But it's been Unfair Park's pleasure -- nay, honor -- to run a few of Justin Terveen's photos in recent months. They're extraordinary -- like, oh, this one from New Year's Eve and this one of the skyline, which Brad Oldham managed to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007

    Austin Fights Back, Sending Famous Furniture Store to LFT

    Few months back we mentioned how Austin wasn't terribly happy with how Dallas had taken over its 2nd Street District. All of the sudden it seemed like downtown Austin was looking like Uptown Dallas -- Cru, Taverna, Cantina Laredo, III Forks, Paciugo Gelato, Which Wich, etc. But at least one Cap City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2006

    Re: Forest City, Without the Dead Trees

    Former city council person Veletta Forsythe Lill sends this missive regarding yesterday's item about the myriad Web sites devoted to Forest City Enterprises, the developers getting $73 mil from the city to rehab the Mercantile Building downtown: "I find some irony in that the Forest City Web site ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2006

    Forest City, Without the Dead Trees

    If you want to learn a bit more about Forest City Enterprises, the Cleveland-owned development company getting some $73 mil of city money to redo the Mercantile Building downtown, there are myriad blogs out there detailing its doings elsewhere. Norman Oder's blog, which contains more reporting than ... More >>