Owner Bob Mitchell stands before a wall of molding and equipment.

Nominated for five Academy Awards, the depression era gangster movie “Road to Perdition” had a local tie to Forest Park.

The local craftsmanship was found in the set in recreating the molding in the historical Hotel Florence, which was part of the 1881 planned community of George Pullman. In order to recreate the historic molding on the baseboards and ceiling inside the hotel, Bob Mitchell and his crew at Mitchell Moulding on Circle Avenue were hired by DreamWorks Studio.

Creating the orate pieces of molding could require as many as 20 knives clamped into the molding machines which had been crafting specialty molding for generations.

The Mitchell family purchased the farmland at 15th and Circle Avenue  in 1919, after outgrowing their original location.