May 30, 2014
Wright Opera House was the subject of conversation at breakfast this morning. As proud sponsors of the performance season, we were happy to talk about the upcoming concert series beginning with a sold out Hayes Carll on May 31; the theater series beginning June 8 with The Odd Couple and the annual summer Melodrama which this year is Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap.
That sent us reaching for the Ipad. We have seen the designation on many buildings on Main Street but never really thought too much about that little sign adorning the front of these historic building.
What we learned was really interesting. Members of the Mesker family owned several independent companies, each one manufacturing architectural iron components used to create unique storefronts. These buildings have been found on Main Streets in small towns across the country, primarily in the Midwest. Typically a Mesker building has a street level storefront and upper facades of sheet-metal panels stamped with decorative motifs which varied according to which company made the pieces. Opera houses, banks and hotels frequently used Mesker facades to create their unique presence.
According to Wikipedia a 1915 catalog indicated that there were Mesker storefronts in every state and even 17 in the territory of Alaska. Today 3,490 facades have been identified in 1,486 towns across the country, according to the Mesker Brothers blog
So come over, catch a show at the Wright, and check out these buildings for yourself. Or just come visit. Give us a call at 970 325 7222 and let us help you plan your visit or book your stay on line at www.victorianinnouray.com
Jan and Brian