COMPANY HISTORY

 

 

Columbus Art Memorial was founded over 90 years ago by Carmine Tirri. Mr. Tirri was an Italian immigrant, who, at the turn of the century decided to come to the United States. After serving the call for his newly adopted country in World War I, Mr. Tirri apprenticed in New York City. He graduated from Cooper Union Art of New York, and subsequently moved to Columbus, OH. In 1922, Mr. Tirri opened Columbus Art Memorial at the corner of Thomas and Glenwood. In 1932, operations where moved to 904 West Mound Street. Here, Columbus Art Memorial grew in both size and reputation. Upon his untimely death in 1950 at age 56, Christina Menduni became the new owner.

It is here, that the current owner and president of Columbus Art Memorial, Carmine Menduni, cut his first stone at the age of eight. As time passed, he become more and more involved in the fabrication of memorials. Throughout high school and college, Mr. Menduni remained very active in the day-to-day operations of the company. In 1970, Carmine Menduni graduated from college with a Bachelors of Commerce and Finance from Franklin University. He began to work at Columbus Art Memorial full time. In 1972, having outgrown its current facilities, Columbus Art Memorial moved its sales operations to 766 Greenlawn Avenue and its production to 606 West Broad Street. In 1975, at the age of 56, Christina Menduni passed away. Carmine Menduni assumed control of the company.

In 1985, Carmine Menduni became sole owner and president of Columbus Art Memorial, Inc. Mr. Menduni has the unique honor of being a certified Master Craftsman. Also, he has served on the Rock of Ages National Dealers Advisory council for several years. He has worked on some of the most important restoration and memorial projects in the country. Some of his work includes the Congressional Medal of Honor in Valley Forge, PA, the Columbus, Gahanna, Groveport, and Grove city police memorials, the Columbus State Christopher Columbus statue, as well as creating 3 eternal flame memorials to name just a few. Today, we are a thriving business stressing extraordinary quality, first class service and outstanding value to our customers.