The Cox Building has often been called the cornerstone of downtown Maysville, an appropriate description considering its location at the corner of Market and Third streets and its imposing facade.
The five-story brick Romanesque Revival building was designed by Cincinnati architect W.R. Brown of Crapsey & Brown and built between March 1886 and February 1887.
Inside, the building contains a wealth of architectural details, stained glass windows and, perhaps most fascinating, murals in upstairs space which houses the Masonic Lodge.
The city bought the building and had undertaken a multi-million dollar rehabilitation process when tragedy struck in November 2010 after fire broke out in the building’s attic.
Although it was later determined the building could be saved, the historic murals were too damaged by fire, smoke and water to survive.
Not to be deterred, the city called in art experts from Chicago who worked to recreate the original murals. Today, the recreated art is once again a focal point of the building and downtown.