Halloween seems like a perfect holiday for celebrating Mesker facades. In most instances they are integral to the construction where their removal would leave a building faceless. In others, however, they are installed over existing buildings and can be analogous to costumes (at least on Halloween), allowing to disguise building identities behind masks of steel. In order to narrow our focus we should distinguish between costumes that are intentionally designed and manufactured for specific buildings and those that are “borrowed” and affixed over buildings never meant to have them. So in true Halloween spirit, in my opinion there’s nothing scarier than salvaged Mesker facades or components reinstalled in inappropriate contexts. At best, the results can be silly. At worst, they can be downright scary. Below are a few such examples for your Halloween enjoyment.
For the record, I fully support and advocate salvaging historic building components (1) as a matter of last resort if they cannot remain on the building of their origin, and (2) for reuse in historic buildings or within other appropriate contexts. I also don’t enjoy poking fun at the expense of historic buildings, especially my beloved Meskers. But the examples below are just too wacky not to share!