Some thirty years ago while helping at a friend's church activity, I spotted a nearby beauty. She was nearly 100 years old, four stories tall, graced with arched sandstone moldings and etched windows. Peering in the windows while passing by, I saw the last family member of a 100 year occupation. About 1971 or so I read where she had passed, and the home went to Akron University, and its future was unsure at best. Soon Akron residents came to her rescue, and I would hear that bit by bit, room by room, she was being restored and shown.
Last Sunday I drove back to Akron....now 3 hours away from my new home, and took a tour of this Italianate beauty.
What a wonderful job has been done on her...it appears that no corners were cut, and the tour was not short as I expected, but pleasantly lengthy and included all but her tower, a couple of baths, and a couple rooms occupied by her
Like a terrific holiday meal, it was a filling, rich experience which, when over, left me looking foreward to my next occaision at the table.
CONGRATULATIONS to Akron, the Hower descendants, the volunteer workers,the contributors, and the terrific tour guide we had on 8/4/02.
How well worth the 3 hour drive and thirty year wait !!
CONGRATULATIONS to Akron, the Hower
descendants, and the many volunteers, contri-
butors, and our fabulous hostess on 8/4/02.
The curiosity held over the past 30 years was
more than satisfied....she is a beautiful home
which anyone who appreciates architecture or
art and design can certainly relish.
A job well done, worth a 3 hour drive
and a 30 year wait !! W.D. Ray
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