123 Front Street - New Haven MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman
N 38° 36.855 W 091° 12.847
15S E 655484 N 4275483
Quick Description: 123 Front Street - New Haven MO
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 5/14/2017 10:14:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMVPG8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
Interesting Iron front building in New Haven MO. The front was made by the Mesker Brothers Iron Works.
"The Mesker Brothers Iron Works and George L. Mesker & Co. were competing manufacturers and designers of ornamental sheet-metal facades and cast iron storefront components from the 1880s through the mid-twentieth century. The Mesker Brothers Iron Works was based in St. Louis, Missouri, and was operated by brothers Bernard and Frank Mesker. The George L. Mesker Company was operated by a third brother, George L. Mesker, and was based in Evansville, Indiana.[1] The Mesker brothers were the sons of John Mesker who operated a stove business in Evansville and later galvanized iron for buildings. The three brothers learned their iron-working skills from their father.[2]

The companies' products are often referred to as "Meskers." The companies also produced tin ceilings, iron railings, stairs, roof cresting, ventilation grates, iron awnings, skylights, and freight elevators.[3][4][5]

The Meskers marketed their products through catalogs displaying their designs. The catalogs were so successful they expanded print runs from 50,000 to 500,000 one year later.[5] According to a 1915 catalog, there were Mesker storefronts in every state, including 4,130 in Indiana, 2,915 in Illinois, 2,646 in Kentucky, and even 17 in the territory of Alaska.[2]"

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