About McFerson Commons

This 2.21 acre park at 218 West Street in the Arena District was developed by Nationwide Insurance after the demolition of the Ohio State Penitentiary, which occupied the site from 1834 – 1998. The park is dedicated to honor Dimon R. McFerson, Chairman and CEO of Nationwide Insurance from 1992 – 2000. The central point of the park is an arch salvaged from the old Columbus Union Train Station, demolished in 1979 to make way for the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The arch was designed by the legendary Daniel H. Burnham of Chicago in the Beaux-Arts Classicism style.