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Gertrude Seiberling and Rosa Ponselle, noted soprano, at Stan Hywet Hall, ca. 1920
Gertrude Seiberling seated with Rosa Ponselle, noted American soprano, on west terrace of Stan Hywet Hall, ca. 1920 Photo: Bachrach, courtesy of Stan Hywet Hall Archives

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Each year, thousands of people visit this historic Akron, Ohio, landmark, and learn the story of the Sieberling home.

The majestic 65-room country mansion, which sits on 70 acres of artfully landscaped gardens and grounds, reflects the grandeur and opulence of an early era. Built between 1912 and 1915 by early industrialist and Goodyear co-founder, F.A. Seiberling, and his wife, Gertrude, the estate was designed to accommodate their active lifestyles and large family. It also allowed the couple to lavishly entertain business associates, friends, and prominent members of the community.

Stan Hywet Hall (Old English for "Stone Quarry") is one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America. It is filled with treasures from around the globe and its rooms exemplify a minute attention to detail. The house's 21,000 panes of glass, 23 fireplaces, and hand-carved paneling of oak, sandalwood and black walnut reflect the opulence of the era. The manor house was designed by noted Cleveland architect Charles Schneider. Another Clevelander and one of the fathers of American landscape design, Warren Manning, served as landscape architect for the gardens. Stan Hywet's English garden is the only restored Ellen Biddle Shipman garden in the country open to the public.

Documentation includes a text report, two catalogs describing the house and gardens, newsletters, the 1998 annual report, brochures, photographs from archives, and slides.

Originally submitted by: Tom Sawyer, Representative (14th District).

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