Just in time for the holidays, Mesker facades 2,000 through 2,006 come from Loogootee, Indiana. Among several brick fronts with various degrees of historic integrity, two adjacent buildings claim a higher level of pedigree. Originally purchased by Huebner Shirey & Co, the facades at 200 N. John F Kennedy Avenue and 105 Wood Street were featured in 1902, 1903 and 1905 George L. Mesker & Co. catalogs. Printed below the rendering of the buildings is a customer quote, which could not be more appropriate: “We like your work and your prices.” At least 2,000 others across the nation felt the same.
Here are additional statistics regarding the 2,006 buildings that make up the database:
- 1,128 by Mesker Brothers Iron Works (MB)
- 863 by George L. Mesker & Co. (GLM)
- 15 by both
- 642 complete fronts, i.e. facades with sheet-metal panels above the storefront (517 MB, 121 GLM, 4 both)
- 180 buildings demolished (111 MB, 68 GLM, 1 both)
- 835 communities
- 48 states (except Hawaii and New Hampshire)
- 2 countries (USA and Canada)
- Top five states are Illinois (773), Indiana (228), Missouri (137), Texas (115), and Kentucky (80).
While a daunting but achievable 3,000 facades is in distant future, there are several “1,000” milestones to look forward to along the way—George Mesker facades, complete fronts, Illinois facades, and total communities. Additionally, an example from New Hampshire would provide all continental states with at least one facade. 2012 will be a busy year!
Thank you to all who have contributed to the ongoing brothers Mesker research and let’s keep it going!
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