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The House That Rubber Built
Built between 1912 and 1915, Stan Hywet Hall is the sixth largest U.S. historic home open to the public. A shining exam- ple of the American Country Estate move- ment of the early 20th century, Stan Hywet is the first and largest National Historic Landmark in Akron.
The estate was originally home to F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling and their family. F.A. Seiberling co-founded The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, along with his brother C.W. Seiberling, in 1898. The com- pany soon became the largest rubber company in the world, leading the city of Akron to be known as the “Rubber Capital of the World.”
The Seiberling family welcomed many notable guests to Stan Hywet Hall over the decades. Famous guests included Helen Keller, Will Rogers and Presidents William Howard Taft, Calvin Coolidge and Warren G. Harding to name a few.
In 1955, interested members of the community formed a volunteer group, Stan Hywet Hall Foundation. This group negoti- ated with the Seiberling heirs to assume ownership of the 70 acres of property to preserve as a public museum, opening in 1957. The unique history of Stan Hywet, coupled with the unrivaled beauty of the gardens, attracts thousands of visitors to the museum each year for tours, communi- ty events and special occasions.
Great Options for Garden Weddings
Originally designed by well-known landscape architect Warren Manning, Stan Hywet’s impressive grounds are a work of art. With each new season, the gardens transform with the vibrant colors of the plantings. “Our gardeners are assigned to different gardens deciding what to plant
for the year, from tulips in May to chrysan- themums in October,” Ulm explains. “Each garden’s color themes always work so beautifully with weddings.”
According to Ulm, about 50 percent of Stan Hywet’s wedding ceremonies take place at the teahouses at the end of the beautiful Birch Tree Allée, a 550-foot-long pathway with more than 100 gray birches lining both sides. “We call this our wed- ding aisle – the birch trees lean into the pathway creating a breathtaking canopy of leaves. In the spring, the pathway is lined with vinca and lily of the valley, known for its sweet scented flowers.”
Two stone and slate teahouses, or gar- den pavilions, are located on a breathtak- ing overlook with views of the Lagoon below and the Cuyahoga Valley in the dis- tance. Brides walk down the Birch Tree Allée to their ceremony, which is held between the teahouses in front of a bub- bling fountain. This setting is ideal for weddings under 200 guests.
Another popular setting for larger wed- ding ceremonies is the West Terrace, which provides spectacular views of the back of the Manor House. “This is a regal place to get married with stained glass windows and the grandeur of the house as a backdrop to your wedding ceremony,” Ulm says. “During the ceremony, the bride and groom are elevated on a terrace, while guests are seated on the lawn below near an impressive fountain.”
For brides preferring a rustic setting for their wedding, the Dell is a secluded location shaded by a canopy of tall trees and surrounded by wild flowers. Beyond its natural beauty, the Dell has historical significance as well. The youngest Seiber- ling daughter, Virginia, was married in this location in 1919.
Suitable for smaller weddings of up to 50 guests, the English Garden is a hidden gem redesigned by renowned landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman in 1928, and restored in the early 1990s. It is one of the only restored Shipman gardens open to the public. The secluded, walled garden features a reflecting pool, The Garden of the Water Goddess statue and more than 3,000 perennials. The ceremony is held under a lichgate with a canopy of Dutchman’s pipe, a flowering vine with large heart-shaped leaves.
The newest space for a wedding cere- mony is the Hidden Aspect. Located west of the Tea Houses, this recently restored stone picnic pavilion is positioned to take advantage of two major vistas of the Cuya- hoga Valley.
A Wedding Reception to Remember
Located on the lower level of the Manor House, the Manor House Auditori- um is a warm and inviting space featuring a wood floor, painted brick walls, skylights and a post-modern ceiling with exposed

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