I am not a very well versed traveler, but have come across a few “must see” places. This is the first of several of these spectacular or unique places I have see several times because I thought it was so unique. The Longaberger Co. “Big Basket” or Home Office, in Newark, Ohio. (It is only a 6 hour drive from Chicago so, is consdered a "do-able" weekend trip)
This information about the "Big Basket" was found at www.longaberger.com
What started out as a dream by Dave Longaberger, Founder of The Longaberger Company, has been built into a giant basket to house the entire corporate offices of the company. Dave believed the idea was one of his best and would draw attention to the company, while simultaneously helping to build our brand. However, when he started spreading the idea of building a Home Office that was really a basket, he found that most people just thought that Dave was making a joke as Dave was a notorious practical joker. Not only did the bankers, architects and construction companies not take Dave seriously, neither did many of the employees who worked for The Longaberger Company, but Dave persevered. One of Dave's most admirable attributes was that when he had a dream and believed in it, he always found a way to accomplish it, and he did. Dave's dream was achieved on December 17, 1997 when the Home Office that is designed to resemble a basket finally opened for business.
In 1998, The Longaberger Home Office also received a Build Ohio Award for its synthetic plaster system. The building is made of stucco over a steel structure, which helps create the look of an actual Longaberger Basket®. The Home Office continues to attract the attention of media from around the world, even as far away as Tokyo.
While the exterior of the Home Office is a marvel in itself, the building's interior is truly breathtaking. A grand staircase, player piano and marble floors are just part of the beautiful décor of the building's seven story atrium. The majority of the cherry woodwork used in the Home Office was harvested from the Longaberger Golf Club in Hanover; dried in our facility; sawed and shaped at our Construction Woodshop; finished in our Construction Paint Booth and installed by our Construction Division.
The Home Office is a site worth touring whether you are on your way to Longaberger Homestead or any other Longaberger destination. To learn more about the Longaberger Home Office and other Longaberger attractions, please call 740.322.5588, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Longaberger Home Office is located at:
One Market Square
1500 East Main Street
Newark, Ohio 43055