The orthopedic industry was founded in the Hays Hotel in downtown Warsaw in 1895 when Revra DePuy started his company there. The Hays isn’t around today, but the energy that launched an industry is still evident in downtown Warsaw. A downtown beautification program several years ago improved aesthetics, but it’s the people who work in and visit the offices, shops, restaurants and other establishments that provide the vigor.
The most obvious landmark is the majestic county courthouse, which anchors the downtown. But across the street, the City of Warsaw is reviving a former bank building to serve as the new City Hall. The new plaza adjacent to City Hall serves as a gathering place for events and ongoing activities such as the farmers market.
Warsaw Community Development Corporation and the local business owners host First Fridays in downtown Warsaw each month. The streets downtown are blocked off for these events, and the spirit of community is felt as attendees mingle for the evening.
Adjacent to downtown is Central Park, a beautiful and expansive greenspace that hosts concerts, festivals and other activities throughout the year. Overlooking Central Park is the headquarters of Zimmer Holdings, one of the major employers and a worldwide leader in orthopedics.
To learn more about downtown Warsaw, visit the Warsaw Community Development Corporation.
Also, learn more at the City of Warsaw’s website.