The last word in modern construction

“Evansville’s new $175,000 Greyhound Terminal is not only the last word in modern construction but it is one of the most beautiful and imposing structures in this area. Contributing greatly to both of these outstanding points was the George L. Mesker and Company of Evansville. Fireproof construction and strength are clearly denoted by the terminal. … Continue reading

Crescent City Rivals

Meskers had many competitors over the years. Some were imitators, with varying degrees of success, while others were innovators in their own right. But only one competing enterprise was begun by three former employees of George L. Mesker & Co. The International Steel & Iron Construction Company of Evansville, Indiana (and later Chicago, Illinois) was … Continue reading

Supporting cast

Mesker Brothers Iron Works may be best known for their ornamental upper facades of galvanized pressed metal, but perhaps their most inventive architectural offering was to be found at the storefront level. While the overwhelming standard in the storefront construction industry were columns made of cast iron, Mesker Brothers designed and patented columns made of … Continue reading

Mesker designing is practical!

File this under ‘miscellaneous.’ In the 1940s, the engineers of Geo. L. Mesker Steel Corp. developed a design for outdoor drive-in theatre screen supports, a clear by-product of the company’s structural steel fabrication. The “A” frame supports were fabricated from rolled steel structural shapes (not pressed steel sections); were of shop-riveted construction (not welded); and intended … Continue reading

Lace ’em up!

In the 1940s, a progressive skating rink operator would be wise to “consider a skating rink with 100% floor space, with stability and live-long qualities, requiring a minimum of repairs – and obtainable at a minimum price.” Or so were the hopes of Geo. L. Mesker Steel Corporation which offered just such a product. Although … Continue reading

Majestic

In order to offer such a vast array of building products, both Mesker companies often relied on other manufacturers for supply of raw material or finished goods. This wasn’t always made obvious to would-be customers nor did it need to. For example, in the early 1900s Mesker Brothers Iron Works sold what appear to be … Continue reading