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"May it ever be useful to them."

- Mark C. Honeywell

1952 dedication of the Honeywell Center, the inaugural project of the newly established Honeywell Foundation

Mark C. Honeywell


Born and raised in Wabash, Indiana in the latter part of the 19th century, Mark C. Honeywell was once a young entrepreneur seeking success in business. He found success with an ingenious start-up venture in his beloved hometown.

Honeywell Inc.


In the early 20th century, Mr. Honeywell developed the first hot water heating systems and automatic thermostats in North America. Industrial ingenuity catapulted him to great financial success and put his Honeywell Heating Specialties business on the map.

Honeywell Heating Specialties quickly grew and merged with other companies over the years. Eventually, Mr. Honeywell's small-town operation developed into the multi-national, Fortune 500 Corporation known today as Honeywell Inc.

Honeywell Foundation


Mr. Honeywell was regarded as one of the most successful industrialists of his day, but was as equally passionate about philanthropy and the arts as he was about business.


In 1941, he founded The Honeywell Foundation to oversee development and construction of the Honeywell Memorial Community Center (now known as the Honeywell Center) in downtown Wabash, Indiana.


Originally a combination gym/performing arts theatre, Mr. Honeywell designed the arts and community amenities to be “ever useful” to the residents throughout Indiana.

Honeywell Venues


Mr. Honeywell's commitment to Wabash’s enrichment started with one community center in 1941. Today, The Honeywell Foundation operates six venues and countless community-centered programs.

All of The Honeywell Foundation’s venues and programs uphold Mr. Honeywell's original vision of “artistic, social, cultural, and recreational opportunities for all.”

Honeywell Center
Completed in 1952, Expanded in 1994

Honeywell House

Acquired in 2010

Eagles Theatre

Acquired in 2010

13-24 Drive In

Acquired for operations in 2011

Charley Creek Gardens

Acquired in 2015

Dr. James Ford Historic Home

Acquired in 2015

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