This image is from my Abandoned Pittsburgh photography project, documenting the Steel City's industrial past. Each print is signed, dated and identified on the back.
"Overholt Distillery: Exterior Wood" on wood (maple/birch composite), printed by ink sublimation. 14” width, 11" height. The natural tones and grain of the wood combine with the image to create a unique and durable work of art. Wood prints are 3/4” thick and arrive ready to hang without needing a frame; the backing keyhole allows the artwork to hang flat against the wall.
The remains of the A. Overholt & Co. Distillery are in the unincorporated community of Broad Ford, southeast of Pittsburgh. The Overholt family began making whiskey for private and bartering use on their Westmoreland County farm in the early 1800s, and in 1854, cousins Jacob and Henry Overholt incorporated and built the Broad Ford distillery and marketed their Old Monongahela brand of whiskey there. When Herman Melville has Stubb pitch a lance at the whale in chapter 84 of Moby Dick, the whaler sees the fountain of blood and wishes, ʽWould now, it were old Orleans whiskey, or old Ohio, or unspeakable old Monongahela!ʼ (Perhaps the Overholts deemed Monongahela easier to pronounce than Youghiogheny, the river that the distillery is actually on.) When Jacob died in 1859, his father, Abraham, bought his sonʼs share and continued operations until his death in 1870. The distillery survived major fires in 1884 and 1905, and then rode out Prohibition as a licensed distiller of medicinal spirits. After passing through the hands of various private and corporate owners, including industrialist Henry Clay Frick (Abraham grandson) and Fortune Brands (Jim Beam), the distillery was shut down in the 1960s.