Where are Meskers?

Map of sold storefronts on the back cover of an 1911 George L. Mesker & Co catalog.

Meskers are found in historic downtown commercial centers, on Main Streets all across America. The marketing materials indicated that they were intended predominantly for commercial structures; indeed erecting a new storefront or modernizing an older one were considered musts for any shopkeeper looking to attract and retain a clientele. Opera houses, banks and hotels are but few commonly encountered uses of Mesker facades throughout the nation. A significant number of facades were also purchased by various fraternal organizations—mostly the Freemasons and the Odd Fellows, but also Knights of Pythias and others. Occasionally, the products can be found in residential districts, typically in the form of iron fences and crestings, but also as window hoods or cornices. Later products such as windows or structural steel were used in a variety of building types including schools, offices, residential and industrial buildings. Since the materials were very adaptable to numerous uses, they can truly exist anywhere. Meskers can also be salvaged and found in locations and uses different from original.

The worldwide database in Google Earth contains all confirmed building locations as well as those advertised in catalogs; it is continually updated. Supplementing it are state-by-state listings of confirmed facades in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, downloadable below. Information categories should be self-explanatory but a brief identification key is as follows:

MB = Mesker Brothers Iron Works; GLM = George L. Mesker & Co; both = elements from MB and GLM; JBM = J.B. Mesker & Son; 1903i = catalog insert; 1905T = testimonials catalog

Confirmed worldwide total: 5,858 buildings in 2,451 towns (updated June 2, 2023)

State-by-state listings:


25 thoughts on “Where are Meskers?

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  3. Sondra Drake

    I have just found some Mesker doorways and ceiling tile and Mesker Bros. markers in our Historic district of Sulphur, Oklahoma, may be a couple of other buildings, still checking the catalogs for confirming. Wonderful find.

  4. Eldorado

    Some time ago I took pictures of the Shelly Inch building in Placerville, CA, which I see is now on your list (409 Main St.). Would you like them anyway?

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  6. Von Rothenberger

    Sorry to say that the Custer Building in Alton, Kansas, collapsed and has been removed. so need to take that one off your Kansas list.

  7. Dawn Davis

    My boyfriend and I found a Mesker in Craig, Missouri. It is located on Main Street and was not numbered. If you would like a photo please e-mail me.

  8. kathieplack

    Hi Darius,
    Are you still actively adding Meskers to your list? If so, I spotted one in Waterford, PA that is not on your Pennsylvania list. Also, do you want a photo of the building or just the location? Are you interested in photos of details like medallions and capitals, etc, or just the overall building?

    Secondly, I have recorded and photographed buildings by thirteen other metal front makers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York that are not on your list. Are you interested in them?

    And finally, your Pennsylvania list shows a MB in West Newton at 121 E.Main Street. Across the street from that building is a building with metal colums that is marked “Mesker & Bro.”. Are you interested in that?

    Bill Plack
    Irwin, PA

  9. Eric Cooley

    I was in Petoskey MI yesterday and saw a Mesker storefront at 312 E Lake St. You have 311 and 313 listed in your spreadsheet as demolished but not 312. The Mesker badge is at the lower left of the building,
    It’s painted over but you can still make out the badge. It’s the Shorter and Sons store.

    1. Hi Eric. Shorter & Sons is 311 E Lake Street, which I already have listed. 313 is the adjacent one-story building. Both are listed as surviving, not demolished (thankfully!). 312 is across the street but I don’t see any Meskers there. Thanks for your message and apologies for any confusion.

      1. Mesker Brothers Iron Works (later Co.) passed out of Mesker hands in the late 1960s but continued to operate under the Mesker name in St. Louis until the 1980s when it moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where, as Mesker Door, Inc., it manufactures steel doors and frames.
        George L. Mesker & Co. (later renamed Mesker Steel), in turn, closed in 1981.

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  11. Lynn Giles

    Is it possible to get replacements for Meskers? We recently had a fire that destroyed part of a façade and the owners really want to replace and restore the store front.

  12. Richard Guy Wilson

    I have found a Mesker facade..has the name plate on it 713 West Main St.Charlottesville, VA Can send photos if wich

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