Erie Insurance has been part of downtown Erie, Pennsylvania, since its founding in 1925. Today the Home Office is located just blocks from the company’s first, small office on the city’s main street.
A visit to the Home Office begins with the F.W. Hirt Perry Square Building. This four-story building opened in 1983, and is named for the late F.W. “Bill” Hirt, son of founder H.O. Hirt and former chairman of ERIE’s board of directors.
The F.W. Hirt Building shares naming honors with the city park located across the street. The town square is named for Navy commandant Oliver Hazard Perry, a hero from the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The building’s name is just one testament to local history found at the Home Office. The pillars standing out front were part of the original structure built in 1872.
A four-story atrium is the center of the F.W. Hirt Building. The area is the site of events for Employees and community groups. The first floor of the F.W. Hirt Building houses the Employment Department. The Perry Square Cafeteria offers breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day.
ERIE’s library includes both print and online resources. Its offerings include the latest business books, industry journals, online subscriptions to national newspapers, and insurance information resources. ERIE’s Employee Health Services section, located adjacent to the Corporate Library, provides evaluation and immediate care and treatment to Employees for illness, injury, and other emergency situations.
The courtyard is popular for lunch and informal meetings. A time capsule was buried here as part of the company’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2000. The time capsule is slated to be unearthed in 2075.
H.O. Hirt Building* opened in 1956 and marked the company’s second and final move in downtown Erie. The building was inspired by Independence Hall in Philadelphia and planned by founder H.O. Hirt, who was known for his love of history. H.O. Hirt Building took six years to complete, from conception to the placement of the cupola. The cupola inspired ERIE’s logo. ERIE’s executive offices, as well as the Law and Government Affairs Division, are located in the first floor of H.O. Hirt Building.
The Erie Branch Office is part of the Home Office complex. In addition to branch operations, the building also includes classrooms. The classrooms host training classes, ERIE Agents College, New Agent Orientation, and some industry courses such as CIC seminars.
In addition to the Home Office in downtown Erie, the company operates field offices in 11 states and the District of Columbia. These offices service the Agents who represent ERIE and our Policyholders; and, while geography may separate Home Office and field operations, all share a commitment to ERIE’s promise to be Above all in SERVICESM.
*Editor's note: The video incorrectly indentifies the H.O. Hirt Building as Founders Hall. Plans are under way to update the video.