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Old Posted Oct 9, 2007, 4:42 AM
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DALLAS | Mercantile Tower Redevelopment | 36 FLOORS

I know this is all about new Towers but this is one of Dallas' most historic Tower. The Mercantile National Bank Building is 430 feet tall with a 115 feet tower. The overall height including the tower is 545 feet. The building is the 27th tallest in the city at this moment and that spire look beautiful lit up at night.
Here is what is most historic about this Tower...
Shortly before World War II had started, the Mercantile National Bank announced that it was constructing a new headquarters structure at the corner of Main and Ervay Streets. World War II soon started while the site work was underway and the steel had been ordered, with some of it actually fabricated. The U.S. government at the time had called a halt to all private construction in order to provide materials for the war. The bank received special permission to continue steel fabrication and construction. The 31 story building opened in 1942 and was the only major skyscraper in the U.S. that was completed during the war.

So looking at it, this is the only tower built during World War II. This tower is being re-developed into apartment condos. This was the crown of Dallas Banking back in its glory days (Dallas was found by Bankers for all you who think we are country cowboys)

I think we have to look at our past to see what is coming in the future.

I will try to get some night shots of this beauty.





O ya, they are building a 15 story Apt building next to it to replace all the buildings that used to be attached to the Merc. Ill find a rendering of the new tower.

Borrowing this night shot from a skilled Dallas photographer who goes by the Alias Ninjatune™, i will try to get some photos of my own at night.
(Taken by Ninjatune out of Dallas Texas)
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The total cost of the Mercantile redevelopment will exceed $250 million.



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The total cost of the Mercantile redevelopment will exceed $250 million.



Have they released floor plans yet?
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Old Posted Oct 12, 2007, 6:04 PM
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Renderings of the New 15 st apt tower being added to the Merc.

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Large Image Scanned form the Paper a while back
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Old Posted Oct 12, 2007, 7:17 PM
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BGO Architects renderings of New Merc

Here are some renderings from BGO Architects website of the new tower and park area.













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Old Posted Oct 12, 2007, 7:38 PM
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This belongs in the Buildings & Architecture section
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but we are adding a new one, and the Merc is to nice, the entire building is being gutted and re-built. It is basically a new tower....except the exterior.
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when did this all start? seemed like along time ago.

Thats a buitiful tower though,it used to be rather ugly.
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Thers been talk, but before Laura Miller left office she made this happen and boom, here we are now.

I want to live there, i wonder what the rent will be like.

The spire on top is going to be cool.
The white section will be like a thermometer letting you know the temperature.
The sun burst below it will tell you if its going to be good or bad weather and and the rest of the tower will just be GLORIOUS!
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Here's a photo comparison: October 14, 2006 vs. October 12, 2007.

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allot can happen in a year
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I was there around the time of your post dallasbrink and there was a lot going on with it. wish someone had some pics as this is imo the best piece of art deco work in downtown dallas. hopefully this project will pick dallas's downtown up outa the ashes, there seemed to be more going on in little jacksonville's downtown than dallas's...being the center of a metro area of 6 mil
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