LONGABERGER ALUMNI HOUSE
- Architects: Wandell & Schnell, Columbus
- 2200 Olentangy River Road
Located just south of OSU’s venerable Fawcett Center and sited between the Olentangy River and Olentangy River Road, the Longaberger Alumni House was built entirely with private support from all parts of Ohio and the nation. Major support came from the Longaberger Foundation, which was established by the Longaberger Basket Company of Muskingum County, Ohio.
Alumni groups on the OSU campus had long been short on space, and a single location for all of them seemed the right answer. The facility includes conference, gallery, and dining space and can host multiple events at once. It is available for private events not associated with university activities, of which it hosts more than a thousand a year.
The building’s main elevation faces north, where the recessed entry is set behind a row of concrete columns; the same recess shelters a wheelchair ramp. Further shelter is provided by a cable-suspended metal canopy that runs the length of the main elevation and terminates in a modest porte cochere at the east end of the building. Vertical banks of windows provide generous interior light.
The Longaberger Alumni House is connected by pathways to the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Plaza, which is located next to the river and is connected by walkway to the Lane Avenue Bridge. By means of the bridge, a visitor may walk to any part of the OSU campus.