Tennessee is the latest state where we’ve identified at least 100 buildings with Mesker building products. 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 significant number of building facades and related products in Tennessee, the state ranking 10th nationwide with a combined estimate of approximately 1,537 facades. Products supplied by Mesker Brothers Iron Works netted a total of $111,127.62 in receipts between 1885 and 1908 for approximately 816 facades, ranking 10th nationwide. Mesker’s best year in Tennessee was 1906, with $19,261.43 in net receipts. This success was achieved in large part to 77,194 catalogs that Mesker distributed in the state from 1888 to 1909 (20,000 in 1907 alone), which ranked 22nd in the nation. George L. Mesker & Co.’s results in Tennessee were similar—according to the 1915 catalog, it sold 721 facades in the state, which was 5th best in the nation.
20 are one-story in height (8 MB, 12 GLM), 76 are two-story (26 MB, 50 GLM), and 4 are three-story (2 MB, 2 GLM)
53 towns (16 with MB, 26 with GLM, 11 with both)—most surviving facades can be found in Lawrenceburg (11)
Below are some favorite examples of surviving Meskers from the Volunteer State (selected from available photos), appearing alphabetically by town. With vast majority of the 100 surviving, there’s a lot to choose from: