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Merchandise Mart

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 29 April 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

When opened in 1930, the Merchandise Mart, located in the Near North Side of Chicago, was the largest building in the world with 4,000,000 square feet of floor space. Previously owned by the Marshall Field family, the Mart centralized Chicago's wholesale goods business by consolidating vendors and trade under a single roof. Massive in its construction, and serving as a monument to early 20th century merchandising and architecture, the art deco landmark anchors the daytime skyline at the junction of the Chicago River branches.

The building continues to be a leading retailing and wholesale destination, hosting 20,000 visitors and tenants per day. The Merchandise Mart is so large that it has its own zip code (60654). The Wells Street bridge, seen here in front of the Mart, spans across the Chicago River.

Photo captured April 25, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 110 39 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Diana from San Francisco, United States

Great shot, nice tonality.

29 Apr 2014 5:03am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel bloc imposant cet édiffice sueprbe iamge et compo mervielleux.

29 Apr 2014 7:16am

claudie from le havre, France

Beautiful architecture!! great composition.

29 Apr 2014 8:07am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition & lighting!
A M A Z I N G !

29 Apr 2014 8:13am

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Impressionant ce batiment....
Beau détail et cadrage.)

29 Apr 2014 8:29am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Impressive building and beautiful architecture! Great shot here!

29 Apr 2014 8:51am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Very interesting note too! Thank you for sharing.

29 Apr 2014 8:52am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

The scale of the art deco style is breathtaking here! Superb composition and treatment.

29 Apr 2014 10:07am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnificent architecture, splendid monochrome!!!

29 Apr 2014 1:47pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this massive and record setting building.

29 Apr 2014 2:38pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent shot of this massive building which still manages to have character as well as size.

29 Apr 2014 4:08pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful composition . An impressiv building !

29 Apr 2014 4:47pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A magnificent point of view - the building and bridge present lovely lines

29 Apr 2014 5:04pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Excellent shot of this building. Nice details and architecture. Love this. :)

29 Apr 2014 6:28pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

One of my favourite art deco buildings ever, the design is very well shown in this photo,
and it seems hard to get a great view even in a lot of the older photos that I have seen
of the building in the past !~

29 Apr 2014 9:49pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

I've always been impressed with this massive building by the river. Your image conveys splendidly this perception. Excellent image.

29 Apr 2014 10:12pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Old but still an impressively massive building with a sober architecture ... Excellent monochrome !!!

29 Apr 2014 11:20pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful looking architectural focal point at this location and huge to say the least! Great photo and background information!

29 Apr 2014 11:47pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice architecture shot.

29 Apr 2014 11:49pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! That building is immense! An amazing image! So many windows! A wonderful view! Very interesting narrative!

29 Apr 2014 11:53pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I like the beauty of the architecture.

30 Apr 2014 2:37am

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

A wonderful composition - superb camera work Steven !!! The interior must be like a small city !! I love how you framed this, and the text is excellent !!!

30 Apr 2014 2:43am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

The bean at night and the mart in the day - you've been spending a lot of time downtown.

30 Apr 2014 3:18am

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Stunning image of the impressive building !! I don't believe that it was built almost 90 years ago. The building still has a bold presence and attracts a lot of people. Unfortunately, I've never been to Chicago. If I visit there someday, I'll drop in at the building by all means because I'm intersted in old architecture in my country and abroad. Have a wonderful day, Steven. :)

30 Apr 2014 4:58am

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressante prise

30 Apr 2014 3:27pm