Wendell August Forge

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Wendell August Forge
Wendell August Forge site.jpg
Site of the original forge building
Wendell August Forge is located in Pennsylvania
Wendell August Forge
Location 620 Madison St., Grove City, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 41°9′58″N 80°4′34″W / 41.16611°N 80.07611°W / 41.16611; -80.07611Coordinates: 41°9′58″N 80°4′34″W / 41.16611°N 80.07611°W / 41.16611; -80.07611
Area 1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built 1932
Architect unknown
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 96001192[1]
Added to NRHP November 07, 1996

The original Wendell August Forge facility was a historic landmark in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. It is the last remaining working forge in the state. The company operates retail stores in Grove City, Berlin, Ohio and Wilmington, North Carolina;[2] the forge and the stores are well-known tourist destinations.[3][4] Wendell August was the first to use the repoussé process of manufacture, and has operated near Grove City since 1932. It produces a variety of merchandise, including Americana,[5] such as bowls, figurines and ornaments,as well as commemorative items.[6]

When it was built in 1932, the forge was a simple one-story rectangular building measuring approximately 60 feet (18 m) by 160 feet (49 m); its frame was steel, constructed on a foundation of poured concrete. That property was located in a primarily residential neighborhood.[7] The historic facility was destroyed by a fire on March 6, 2010[6] and, for the next 3 years, factory and office operations were located at the old Cooper-Bessemer plant in Grove City with a temporary retail outlet at the nearby Slovak Folk Crafts.

On Tuesday, October 9th, 2013, Wendell August opened their new Flagship store, factory and headquarters at 2074 Leesburg-Grove City Rd, 1/2 mile west of the Grove City Premium Outlets in Springfield Township, Pennsylvania. The new 52,000 square foot facility includes a history center and offers tours of the factory. The company pioneered the production of hammered aluminum giftware, which it first produced in 1930.[8] Over the years, the forge's works have included ashtrays used on the Hindenburg as well as a number of customized items for Walt Disney.[9] Visit Desmone Architects, the architect of record, for details and images of the new store.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Gurvis, Sandra (2004). Day Trips from Columbus, 2nd: Getaways About Two Hours Away. Globe Pequot. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-7627-2973-9. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  3. ^ O'Toole, Christine (2007). Pennsylvania Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places (9 ed.). Globe Pequot. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-7627-4209-7. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Oberlin, Loriann Hoff; Jenn Phillips; Evan M. Pattak; Michele Margittai (2008). Insiders' Guide to Pittsburgh (4 ed.). Globe Pequot. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-7627-4796-2. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Slater, Tom (2007). Heritage Slater Political and Americana Auction #659. Heritage Capital. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-59967-116-1. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Landmark metal forge burns in Mercer County." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 06, 2010.
  7. ^ Rogers, Rebecca M. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Wendell August Forge. National Park Service, 1996-07-10, 7.
  8. ^ Paul, Larry R. (2005). Made in the twentieth century: a guide to contemporary collectibles. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-8108-4563-3. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Fire ruins Pa. forge that made Hindenburg ashtrays". breitbart. AP, Online. March 6, 2010

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