Created By: Columbus Area Visitors Center
The landscape surrounding the Cummins Inc. corporate headquarters creates a park-like setting for the operations of this Fortune 500 Company – the project won an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The central park area is grand year round and features glory maple, sugar maple, Boston ivy, birch, redbud, dogwood, and climbing hydrangea bloom on the columns surrounding the building.
Landscape Architect Jack Curtis of Monroe, Connecticut has completed many projects in Columbus, including Cummins Corporate Office Building, Cummins Technical Center, Cummins Fuel System Plan, Cummins Engine Plant One, Cummins Child Development Center, Columbus Visitors Center, and Irwin Gardens restorations.
The historic Cerealine Building, with its gracefully-arched windows and doors, has been a part of the Columbus skyline for more than a century. The building originally was the main structure of the old Cerealine grain complex, believed to have been built in 1867. A former building to the north housed Cummins’ first factory and office for the seven years following the company’s founding in 1919. Cerealine, a dried corn product which was one of the world’s first dry breakfast cereals, and was featured on the menu of the Titanic, was made in this building.
The exterior of this historic structure, significant to both Columbus and Cummins, has been carefully renovated and is now an important part of the new office complex. The original 3,000 square feet on the ground floor have been doubled by means of a U-shaped addition which has become an employee cafeteria with views of the fountains and reflecting pond.
The park is also a very popular spot for photos for weddings, seniors, and prom - it might be a good choice for your Columbus group selfie, too!
This point of interest is part of the tour: Must-See Downtown Art & Architecture