Cloud State Bank, McLeansboro, Illinois

Designed by the architecture firm of Reid & Reid of Evansville, the building was completed in 1882. It features an exuberant amount of architectural motifs, including several cornices and a square mansard roof covered with tin. The building’s crowning element is a “bull’s eye” tower covered with zinc shingles and topped with wrought iron work, executed by J.B. Mesker & Son from Evansville, Indiana. J.B. Mesker was father to Bernard, George, and Frank who later opened their own companies and became the largest distributors of ornamental sheet-metal and iron products in the nation. For more information about the Mesker companies please visit www.gotmesker.com

McLeansboro is located in Hamilton County, Illinois.

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Taken on June 28, 2006