Overnight, the Former Chumley's in Deep Ellum Became an Open-Air Venue

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Photos by Justin Terveen
The sign still says "Articles," but I'll always remember the three-story storefront on Elm and Good-Latimer as Chumley's, located at the acoustic end of Deep Ellum on the heels of Charles Francis "Chumley" Hawkins's late, great Dave's Art Pawn Shop. Everyone played there, from Aimee Mann to Cafe Noir, Lisa Loeb to Rhett Miller, all on their way up. Before that, long ago, that spot had accommodated everything from a lumberyard to a loan-maker to a paint-and-paper company.

Last I looked there was talk of it becoming an ultra-lounge; that didn't pan out. Westdale's been trying to lease the valued-at-$320,000 building ever since. But now, it's sans roof: Justin Terveen was out in the deluge last night, of course, and was there when Dallas Fire-Rescue answered the call. Wrote Justin in the note that arrived in the in-box during the wee small hours of the morning: "Place is thrashed."

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Lisa Taylor
Lisa Taylor

So glad people had happy memories of Chumley's and Dave's Art Pawn Shop...Arts & Letters  Live's Literary Cafe had its start there. I remember producing Save Dave's Grounds to try to save Dave's Art Pawn Shop...

S.Creature
S.Creature

This is really too bad!  Such a beautiful building!  I remember it as Articles, which was my favorite furniture and gift store in Dallas.  The owner, Chris, always had a great eye for color and design.   Really enjoyed the patio too!!

Craig Woolheater
Craig Woolheater

I too remember Articles and the owner Chris (Jenkins, I believe?). Nice place, nice guy.

holman
holman

Probably worth more to Westdale as a paid parking lot.  Rents aren't high enough to justify a total rebuild ala Terrelli's.  Besides, the building perimeter is coincidental with the lot line - no on-site parking.  That means in order to satisfy parking requirements for new construction, Westdale has to secure (from other property owners) dedicated satellite (off-site) parking.  It is required parking that kills most new construction deals in Deep Ellum.  Existing buildings already have secured their off-site parking by existing owners, but it is very hard to do if a building burns down to this extent.  Westdale has a track record in Deep Ellum of scraping buildings just to open up more parking for other properties and uses.  Jammed up period buildings add to Deep Ellum's charm, but it is parking that kills lease and occupancy deal in Deep Ellum.  And that depresses the value of the real estate.

deep ellum dweller
deep ellum dweller

Three of four corners at this intersection have been vacant for years. Deep E has a very long way to go.

Jason Dommer
Jason Dommer

As long as Gene Simmons is still painted on the wall.......Kidding. That's sad. I remember seeing G. Love and Special Sauce there at Chumley's and it was a very special show. Mainly because it was such a great and intimate setting for their brand of hip and chill blues. I even enjoyed Articles when they were the tenants. Sad to see it in it's current state.

shortbusbasementdweller
shortbusbasementdweller

Just throw a bunch of really loud obnoxious looking lights on it....purple, red, green, or blue(doesn't matter) and let's call it a day! 

Naaa
Naaa

Implying that Westdale is actually trying to do anything, other than let that building and the Knights of Pythias building across the street rot and crumble so they can build something else there, is laughable

Lisa
Lisa

I was the original owner of "Articles" and that was my sign!  That seems like another lifetime but I still have great memories of that building.  Chumley's was cool but a funny thing about rent, you have to keep it up, so it went by the wayside before I moved in...  Dave's Art Pawn was down a few doors. Great customers/friends down in Deep Ellum then.  I remember they wanted around one million for the building in mid-90s.  Bldg had a flat roof, no problems back then, but they must be looked after or this can happen.  Anyway, unbelievable to see these pics.

Guest
Guest

Very very few of those buildings are up to par. They redid that space before you moved into that spot from the other if I remember right? Or did they just face it out?

Lisa
Lisa

The owner of the building when I went in was Newt Walker.  He brought it up to code for bathrooms, fire exits/markings, etc... but at that time the building was pretty solid.  Once Westdale got it they did doodly-squat and as it sat empty for so many years, it would appear, never kept an eye on it.  Greedy landlords squashed Deep Ellum.  Why didn't good tenants, bringing commerce and life to an area, ever get any kind of rent or tax breaks?  Now look at the area, how'd that work out for the landlords and the city?

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Damn, hate that.

Typical of how Dallas treats its old buildings, demolition by Mother Nature. Cheaper and keep the historical folks quiet.

Tara kenneth
Tara kenneth

i hate to see this. I love this building always tell my husaband that i wanted to open a bussiness in this building. Said to see this happen

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

One of the best in The Texas. Thank you Westdale.

(I forgot the phone number)

Jmeuse64
Jmeuse64

Ticket reference...genius

rachum
rachum

how can I buy that sign?

rachum
rachum

nevermind. just got my kids' magnifying glass out and realized it does not say "chumley's" no more.

JL
JL

This must have happened fairly early in the evening.  The police and fire units were in place at 9:30 or so last night when I went by the intersection.  

Texasdave60
Texasdave60

I drove past it at 815pm, just after it happened.  Group of dpd officers dining at my destination weren't aware of it.

Dalguy
Dalguy

With solid brick walls intact that good ole building should come back better than ever.

bobbyv
bobbyv

Those powerlines really need to be buried.  They always look awful in pictures.

Gene Ween
Gene Ween

Go back to Plano, you tool.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Overhead power lines are not a defining part of the urban experience.

Guest
Guest

The whole Deep Ellum grid is petty lols. Wouldn't have my family live anywhere near there.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

Dont look great in real life either

NewsDog
NewsDog

That will make a nice prime parking lot once they tear the building down.

World Class Clown
World Class Clown

does anyone remember it as "The Fridge"?

Theamyzon
Theamyzon

I do, loved all that Chumley did with the place. Miss hanging there and miss Chumley!

Darlaj72
Darlaj72

It didnt last long, but I do remember the Fridge.

yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

If City Hall really believes in urban renewal, then they will work with the owner to preserve this great building from further destruction. Endless potential waiting for a savior. Fantastic pics.

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

One word for urban landmark lovers to ponder--"a$be$to$."

Jeeze Louise
Jeeze Louise

Hate to see the loss of a great neighborhood building.

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