Category Archives: Ironwork

Harrods, Laduree, Basil Street Apartments and Walton Place

I had my first taste of Harrods’ tea in 1994, after my colleague brought a tin to me from one of his visits.  Of course, nothing would do but that I hop off the tour bus when we passed the … Continue reading

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More Meskers in Natchez: W. J. Hogan Building

Historically, Mississippians purchased a lot of Mesker products, ranking the state as the 12th largest overall buyer with a combined estimate of approximately 1,356 facades.  (Darius Bryjka, November 25, 2014) Natchez leads the state with the most surviving Mesker Brothers storefronts, … Continue reading

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107-111 North Pearl Street

Another surviving Mesker Brothers storefront is located at 107-111 North Pearl Street, Natchez. The iron front was aded sometime between 1893-1897 according to the Sanborn maps for Natchez.  Mary Warren Miller, 1979, described the building: Two-story fourteen-bay brick commercial building … Continue reading

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526 Franklin Street

526 Franklin, corner of Franklin and Union in Natchez, currently is home to Edward Jones Investments.  The circa 1890 building was restored from a pretty horrid mid-60s or thereabouts “update” when the lower floor was remodeled with jeweler’s windows.  The … Continue reading

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Corner of Humphreys and Schley

The corner of Humphreys and Schley streets in Itta Bena looks like many of the small towns in the Delta, including the “unsympathetic remodel” of storefronts.  Imagine in 1902, and the excitement that electric lights brought to this street!  On … Continue reading

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Main Street Indianola

Indianola’s Main Street led into downtown to dead-end on Front Avenue, where many businesses were clustered.  This charming stretch of Main in the 100 block prior to reaching Front Avenue was home to the Sunflower Bank (visible just to the … Continue reading

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J. T. Hodges, 1893, Canton TX

From It Is Reported– That J. T. Hodges’ stock of drugs, &c, at Canton, Texas, was damaged by fire on the 9th inst.  The loss is nearly covered by insurance. (Pharmaceutical Record and Weekly Market Review: A Technical and Business Journal for … Continue reading

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Architectural Iron Work on the Canton TX Square

Nothing stops me in my tracks quite so quickly as seeing architectural iron work on buildings.  There is just something impressive about those communities who recognize these beautiful pieces of past architecture, and the store owners who prize them enough … Continue reading

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Wasena Bridge – Roanoke

The Wasena Bridge, carrying traffic over the Roanoke River, train tracks, and Wasena Park between Old Southwest/downtown Roanoke and the Wasena neigbhorhood, was constructed 1938-1939.  It was funded by a Public Works Administration (PWA) grant of $149,265 grant toward the … Continue reading

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