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4/20/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Progress Through Preservation presenting tour of 2016 award winners

GREATER AKRON — Progress Through Preservation and the Summit County Historical Society collaborate to present the Summit County Architectural Heritage Awards, including a trolley tour of the award winners in odd-numbered years to showcase the previous year’s winners.

This year’s Trolley Tour, set for April 29, will include six stops in Summit County to showcase the 2016 winners. The program will begin with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the tour at 9 a.m. from the Triangle Building, located at 1200 Firestone Parkway. The tour includes a boxed lunch and will end at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The following stops are scheduled for the Trolley Tour:

  • The Triangle Building, formerly home of the Firestone Rubber Co., which now houses offices for seven Summit County departments;
  • Hower House, Akron’s French Second Empire-style Victorian house museum built in 1871 by industrialist John Hower, which includes the award-winning Carriage House and its educational display on transportation, business and industry in Akron in the 19th century;
  • the Hudson Guest House, which was once a wing on a much larger home built in 1836, and which has been restored using period materials and details and now serves as an inn for visitors;
  • The Foundry in Cuyahoga Falls, which now serves as the offices of TRIAD Communications, the building that originally housed the Falls Stamping and Welding Co., with a stop for lunch;
  • Preservation House, the 1870 schoolhouse that serves as the headquarters for Progress Through Preservation. It was saved from demolition through a collaboration with the City of Akron and has been restored to its 1930s appearance when it served as a community library; and
  • the Philander D. Hall II House on Diagonal Road, built in 1918 in the Georgian Colonial style, and which has been restored to its former glory and stands as a reminder of the other fine homes that once graced Mutton Hill.

The cost of the tour is $16 per person. Reservations are required, as seating is limited. To make a reservation, contact Alice Christie at 330-864-8364 or email achristie@malone.edu, or visit www.SummitHistory.org.

Registrants should indicate if they prefer a vegetarian option for the boxed lunch. Checks should be made payable to Progress Through Preservation and sent to the organization at 2074 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313.

 

Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.

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