Posts Tagged ‘R.L. Thornton’

The Joule Innovates, Renovates and Re-imagines Big D

Posted by    |    November 19th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Downtown Dallas has been a major beneficiary of the vision of the Joule’s very private owner.   The Joule, Dallas announced yesterday a $78 million renovation that will be completed in the fall of 2012.  The expansion will include 31 guest rooms, suites and penthouses, a new spa, a second Charlie Palmer concept and expanded event spaces.

While there is much to discuss about with this announcement, we choose to highlight the rescue of mosaics from the original Mercantile National Bank Building which were slated to be destroyed during that building’s renovation.  Thank you Mr. Headington.  The mosaics were originally commissioned by former Dallas Mayor R.L. Thornton.  According to the Joule, the handmade mosaics were shipped from Venice and installed in the Mercantile National Bank Building. The mosaics, which depict the basic elements of nature— earth, wind, fire and water—range in size from only a few feet high to more than 20 feet. The works, restored by conservation specialist Michael van Enter, will be installed in The Joule’s new VIP Corridor and ballroom pre-function space.