Akron once led the world in the manufacturing of rubber products. The other day at one of the visitor's centers in the Cuyahoga National Park I read a rather wry comment which noted: " In the twentieth century competition for autos, trucks and buses riding on tires produced by Akron's rubber companies caused the decline of both freight and passenger services" ( this was in reference to the demise of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in the Cuyahoga Valley). Local production of rubber products is now minimal, but Akron is still the corporate home of such companies as Goodyear and Uniroyal-Goodrich. Stan Hywet was once the home of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The name is Old English for stone quarry- a natural feature of the property. The home was built from 1912-1915 and the family was in residence here from 1915-1955. Gertrude Seiberling (wife of F.A. Seiberling) took architectural classes so she played a major role in the design of the mansion. When the home was finished, the Manor House's 64,500 square feet included more than 65 rooms, 23 bathrooms and 23 fireplaces. It is the sixth largest home in the United States, and it was well worth our time to visit it. It has also kept many of the original furnishings.
The house was intentionally designed so that one may look from the front door through the open rear door of the Great Hall to the verdant back yard with its Tea Houses. Quite a magnificent view! The Tea Houses are pictured below.