[ History ]
The Verdin Family Legacy
The eight story PAC warehouse building, which currently houses over 200 artists, was erected in 1909. Originally a shoe manufacturing warehouse, it was purchased in the mid 1900s by Shillito’s Department Store and used as their main warehousing facility. In 1991, The Verdin Company, the world’s largest bell and clock manufacturer, acquired the building which close to their world headquarters to support and showcase local artists. It is now the largest collection of artists under one roof in the world. The Pendleton Art Center complex features the main warehouse building and adjacent buildings including the Annex, Studios@510 and 1321 Studios.
James Verdin was President & CEO of The Verdin Company. During his tenure and through his leadership, vision and innovation, The Verdin Company installed countless bells, towers and street clocks, electronic carillons and organs across the U.S. and the world. Notable accomplishments include the World Peace Bell, the Ohio Bicentennial Bell Project and The Verdin Mobile Bell Foundry.
Jim’s vision to re-develop and transform the Pendleton Neighborhood in Over the Rhine led to the founding of the Pendleton Art Center, the Pendleton Square Complex in 1992, the old Car Barn (Nicola’s Restorante) and the restoration of St Paul’s Church. The church became the corporate offices of The Verdin Company and is now the Bell Event Centre. Through his many accomplishments, both corporate and civic, Jim was recognized and awarded for his extraordinary vision.
Today, Jim’s daughter Jill Crew continues the Verdin legacy. Jill is the Vice President of the Verdin Company, manages the Pendleton Square Office Complex and 1420 Sycamore Street Properties as well as the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati, Middletown and Rising Sun.