Salzburg, Austria

Closed 1997

The Disappointed Tourist: Rauchmühle, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

I live here now. Anon.

The Rauchmühle (Rauch Mill) came into existence in 1933 when Leopold Rauch, the owner of an eponymous Innsbruck-based mill company, purchased the existing mill from Franz Fisslthaler. There have been documented mills on this site since the 14th century. The earlier mills were watermills but by 1933, the mill was run by turbines and was one of the largest in Austria. The mill was closed in 1997 although at that time the mill was grinding over 25,000 tons of flour annually. 18 employees were made redundant and production was shifted to the Rauch facility in Innsbruck. In 2011, the buildings were converted into residences. The painting is based on an open-source photograph from the Salzburg Wiki.