100th Mesker discovered in Georgia

Georgia's 100th building with Mesker building components was identified some weeks ago. Hence, this customary celebration of "states with at least 100 Meskers"—which now number 21—is overdue. Below is a brief summary of Meskers' historic output in the state and a look at the 100 buildings found to date. Historically, Mesker companies sold a considerable …

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Lost and Found in Tampa

Historic photograph collections have always been instrumental to the Mesker documentation project. The latest such archive that I’ve stumbled upon is the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection, comprised of over 20,000 images chronicling the history of the Tampa Bay area from the 1890s to the 1960s. The photographs are the work of brothers Jean and Al …

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The Mesker companies were equal parts contributors and benefactors of the Industrial Revolution. The pendulum may have swung more towards the former, but it must nonetheless be acknowledged that the companies relied on raw materials and distribution systems established by others in order to fashion and sell their products. Without the raw materials—wood, several kinds …

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Pennsylvania now with over 100 known Meskers

Over recent weeks there has been a steady influx of newly discovered and documented buildings with Mesker components in Pennsylvania, such that it has been impossible to post this customary celebration in the category of "states with at least 100 Meskers." At least until the new discoveries have been cataloged. Things seem to have leveled …

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Lethal Mesker

Over 1,000 buildings with Mesker building components ceased to be for a myriad of reasons including fires, tornadoes, urban renewal, neglect, stupid men, or their combination. However, only one Mesker’s demise was planned to be a spectacular visual effect immortalized on the silver screen. Orlando’s third City Hall (but first built for this purpose) was …

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