The House that Rubber Built

Stan_HywetI recently had the opportunity to tour Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio during their Deck The Halls Christmas lights display. It was their 100 year anniversary so the lights were set up accordingly and they certainly did deck the halls of the historical home.

For many people on the tour, I imagine they appreciated the history of the home as they walked through, especially since the estate does such a wonderful job displaying the home in its original grandeur. I perhaps took it a step further as I walked through vividly working with my imagination to imagine a family living in this home for decades in the early part of the 20th century.

Stan Hywet Hall was completed in 1915, it took three years to build. The home was commissioned by F.A. Seiberling, the founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, who helped transform Akron into the “Rubber Capital of the World”. The home was built in Tudor Revival style and used several historical structures from England as inspiration.

The main structure of the home was three stories, though the music room was two stories, and the tower climbed up to four stories. The home has a total of 64,500 square feet within which are 65 rooms, 18 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, 23 fireplaces, 12 chimneys, 273 doors, and 21,455 window panes scattered throughout the structure.

The mansion’s name comes from Old English meaning “stone quarry”, which is what the land featured in which Seiberling bought to situate his home. The entirety of the estate spans 70 acres with the manor and gardens included.

Above the main entryway to the home is carved the motto “Non Sobis Solum” (Not for us alone), which is certainly what the Seiberling family ensured the home would serve when they donated it to the Akron community in 1957.

Stan Hywet Hall is the sixth largest home open to the public in the United States and the largest in Ohio. While the holiday lights was fantastic it is worth visiting anytime of year, I imagine it is especially so in the spring summer when the gardens are in full bloom.

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