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George L. Mesker Metal Fronts for Buildings

 

How many George L. Mesker metal building fronts can you find in our downtown area?

 

If you've never heard about Mesker or his Evansville manufacturing firm, look him up on the web.You'll learn that from the 1880s through almost 1920, the company created about 5,000 metal building fronts made of sheet metal and cast iron (advertised as "fireproof, instantly turning your building into a work of art, and rock-bottom cheap"), selling 2,000 facades in Indiana. 

 

To veriy a Mesker, look for the manufacturers stamp, usually somewhere on the front not far off the ground.

 

Have some fun locating Mesker buildings in our downtown area and find the manufacturer's stamps.