If you know of a building with a fancy sheet-metal facade, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency wants to hear from you.
The agency is asking people all across the country to help locate and identify so-called Mesker buildings via its new Web site, www.gotmesker.com.
Manufactured by the Mesker Brothers Iron Works of St. Louis, Mo., and the George L. Mesker Company of Evansville, Ind., a "Mesker" is a late-1800s to early-1900s building that features elements ranging from storefront columns and cornices to entire facades made of the galvanized steel and cast iron construction. The Mesker brothers were once the largest distributors of these storefront components. Although they didn’t invent the idea of constructing buildings from sheet metal, the brothers took the process to the next level by developing patents for innovative installation techniques.... Read More →
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