Vanished in Cairo

The Famous Building on the 700 block of Commercial Avenue in Cairo, Illinois, had a spectacular presence almost entirely due to the galvanized sheet-metal front made by the Mesker Brothers Iron Works of St. Louis, Missouri. It’s combination of motifs and arched window openings made it one of few truly distinctive Mesker fronts across the … Continue reading

Putting on a front

The story of the Stewardson Opera Hall facade disassembly and its subsequent restoration and reinstallation on another building is not a new one, but it remains relevant as it continues to provide insight into patented “house fronts” by Mesker Brothers Iron Works of St. Louis, Missouri. Unlike the original installers, we were not fortunate enough to have … Continue reading

What a Loss

Perhaps because today is Veterans Day, or because of last week’s All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, or maybe the recent passing of boxing legend Joe Frazier and rapper Heavy D have something to do with it, but I feel saddened. Since death is the theme, I’ve also thought about losses in historic preservation. Despite … Continue reading