It’s a GIANT picnic basket! The world’s largest picnic basket…as a matter of fact. Located in Newark, OH, this behemoth of a basket is a dream come true for Dave Longaberger, founder of The Longaberger Company.
It happens to be the Longaberger Home Office in Newark, OH. Yes, it’s the world’s largest picnic basket and it doubles as a way cool office building.
This post may be a bit of a stretch for this blog but it is a building and it is a home office so it qualifies.
Recently, I was scanning some old photos into my pc and came across the above photo in my collection. I took the photo several years ago when I visited my Grandma in Newark for her 90th birthday. I was born in Newark and it was amazing to see my birthplace after so many years. So much had changed and yet so much was just as I had remembered.
I lived next door to Mound Builders Memorial, a 2000 year old ceremonial center built by the Hopewell culture, and it hadn’t changed a bit. Heck…we used to ride our snowsleds down the slopes of the earthworks. I’m talkin’ about in the late 1960′s and early 70′s. We didn’t have a clue as to the historic value of the area. We were kids having fun. All we knew was that it was a great place to ride our sleds and bicycles. I think they kind of frown on that now.
Back to the topic.
My parents had mentioned to me during my stay in Newark that I needed to do a little sight seeing on my return trip home to Georgia. They said that I needed to stop and take a look at this truly EXTRA-ordinary building built by the Longaberger Basket Company. With camera in hand, I located the Longaberger corporate headquarters (how could I miss it) and took a photo. I only took one photo! I must’ve been in awe because anyone that knows me knows that I’m snap-happy. It’s seven stories of steel and stucco. Completed in 1997, it’s a remarkable engineering project that won the prestigious Build Ohio Award in 1998.