Pepsi, or PepsiCo, Inc., is an American food and beverage company that was founded in 1898 by pharmacist Caleb Bradham in the city of New Bern, North Carolina. PepsiCo’s headquarters was formerly located at 500 Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York City, in a building the company acquired in 1956 for the sum of $2 million. Since 1970, Pepsi’s headquarters have been located in Purchase, New York, which is a hamlet in the town of Harrison, within Westchester County.
The multinational company’s corporate headquarters consist of seven connected three-level buildings, as well as the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens. This landscaped park area, which consists of manicured lawns, flowerbeds, ponds, and fountains, serves as an outdoor showcase for 45 sculptures and is open to the public. The building that houses Pepsi’s headquarters is particularly noteworthy because it is one of the final works designed by award-winning American architect Edward Durell Stone (1902-1978). Other notable architectural works by Stone include the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the US Embassy in New Delhi, India, the First Unitarian Society Church in Schenectady, New York, the National Geographic Society Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida.
Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens
The sculpture gardens occupy an area of 168 acres and contain a variety of impressive works by esteemed sculptors including Henry Moore (1898- 1986), Alexander Calder (1898- 1976), and Auguste Rodin (1840- 1917). The gardens honor former Pepsi Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Donald M. Kendall, who held the position from 1971 until 1986. Kendall began his long career at Pepsi as a sales rep, before taking on the responsibility of marketing vice president, and later rising to become president in 1963. One of Kendall's most notable accomplishments while working at Pepsi was the decision to change the name of the company’s diet soda from Patio Diet Cola to Diet Pepsi.
Founded in 1696, the community of Harrison, which is located in Westchester County, New York, has an estimated population of 27,896 that is spread over an area of 16.76 sq mi. The town ranks as the 326th wealthiest place in the United States according to Forbes magazine, and the average price of a home in the area is estimated at $1,230,625. Along with Pepsi, other corporate headquarters located in Harrison include MasterCard and Atlas Air, Inc. The town was formerly home to the headquarters of oil and gas company Texaco, as well China-based technology Lenovo Group Limited. Harrison has also served as a filming location for several movies and TV shows, including Riding in Cars with Boys(2001), Girls(2012-2017), The English Teacher(2013), Unfaithful(2002), and The Wolf of Wall Street(2013).
The hamlet of Purchase, New York, has an estimated population of 5,391. The average household income in the hamlet is estimated to be $976,000, which ranks as the highest in the United States. The community is also home to institutions such as the Keio Academy of New York, Manhattanville College, the State University of New York at Purchase, and the Neuberger Museum of Art.