The Basket Building
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’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.
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The Basket Building is located in Newark, Ohio. Newark is a city 33 miles (53 km) east of Columbus.
The Longaberger Company designed the exterior and interior of the building. NBBJ and Korda Nemeth Engineering administered the construction process.
Offices are situated around a seven-story, 30,000 sq. ft atrium where employees and guests can enjoy the natural daylight from the skylight.
Two basket handles are attached to the building with replica copper and wooden rivets.
The handles are heated to prevent ice from forming.
Two Longaberger tags are attached to the sides of the building. The gold leaf painted tags are 725 lbs each and measure 25\' long x 7\' tall x 3" thick.
A majority of the cherry woodwork in the building was harvested from Longaberger Golf Club® in Hanover, dried and milled in our facility, sawed and shaped at our Construction Woodshop, finished and installed by our Construction Division.
The building has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, People magazine, Time magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
Property size: 25 acres
Building footage: 180,000 square feet
Total weight of building: Approximately 9,000 tons
Total weight of handles: Approximately 150 tons
Number of windows: 84
Seven stories in height
192' long x 126' wide at grade, widening to 208' long x 142' wide at roof