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
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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