Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Stan Hywet Spring Bloom during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed how people interact with the outside world. And that’s made parks across Northeast Ohio almost essential. 

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron has opened its doors to the public, free of charge. Its executive director says it gives people another way to get out of the house.  

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is celebrating this holiday season with the classics -- comic book classics.

Visitors at this year’s "Deck the Hall" holiday event can see Batman in the library and Superman in the living room.

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Five museums in Summit County will open their doors at discounted prices this summer for families and individuals who are on food stamps.

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Some of Akron's Historic Homes Face Uncertain Futures

Feb 12, 2018
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Plans to demolish the fire damaged Cornus Hill Mansion in Fairlawn are raising questions about the fates of other historical buildings in the area.

Endangered houses such as the John S. Knight home stand in stark contrast to well-preserved mansions such as Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, now a museum.

Joyce Takes Over as Stan Hywet's Executive Director

Jan 31, 2018
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WKSU public radio

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens has selected its new president and executive director.

Sean Joyce had been serving as the interim director of Stan Hywet since Linda Conrad retired in October. Before that, he was vice president of operations and chief financial officer.

Joyce says he’s proud of the growth the hall has seen in the last eight years, particularly in the number of guests who visit. He says he’s excited to keep the momentum going with a five-year outreach plan.

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A popular spot for weddings in Akron – which also happens to be on the National Register of Historic Places – could look a bit different in the future.

The Tea Houses on the grounds of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens were built over a century ago, and offer views of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Now, the cliff below the houses is being stabilized under the direction of Stan Hywet’s director of H

historic restorations, Mark Gilles.

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VIVIAN GOODMAN / Stan Hywet Restoration

Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is more spruced-up than ever for the upcoming holiday season. In today’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman takes us along on a curated tour.

“We are entering the front door of the Manor House,” says Julie Frey, “So this is where all of the guests and friends of the Seiberlings would have been invited to come in.”

As curator of Stan Hywet,  Frey oversees the furnishings and historic artifacts of one of the last remaining residences of the barons of America’s Industrial Age.