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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens opened for the 2015 season on April 1, a milestone year celebrating its 100th anniversary. The season, 2ND CENTURY IN BLOOM, features an anniversary celebration for the community, special tours and exhibits highlighting the history of the estate, including the shift of this magnificent house from a private residence to public museum now enjoyed by visitors from around the world.
Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron, Ohio.
Built between 1912-1915, F.A. Seiberling and his family moved in on Christmas Day, 1915. Designed by architect Charles S. Schneider, the Manor House is one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America. The Seiberlings hired Boston landscape architect Warren H. Manning to design the gardens and grounds.
“We are honored to be the stewards of this magnificent estate. The Seiberlings left us with an enduring legacy which we have the privilege to share, and a rich archive that will be presented throughout the 2015 season. We are dedicated to ensuring the gardens are always in bloom, the Estate is preserved and restored, the stories are shared and every generation in our community helps set the stage for the second century of this national historic landmark,” notes Linda Conrad, President & Executive Director of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.
A highlight of 2ND CENTURY IN BLOOM is a new specialty tour, “Blueprints to Bricks: Manor House 100th Anniversary Tour.” Offered twice daily, this tour, both inside the Manor House and outside on the grounds, focuses on how the Estate was planned and constructed, with a new tour route in the Manor House, where guests will see and venture into areas and unique spaces that are usually not accessible.
In the gardens, BLOOM! is on display, June 2-September 20. This larger-than-life installation features the glass artistry of Craig Mitchell Smith. Thirty-two kiln-fired and nature-inspired glass sculptures will be “planted” in the gardens; twelve are inspired by, and designed specifically for the Estate. The sculptures will be up-lit for special “Twilight & Flashlights” evening tours on Thursdays and Fridays from August 20-September 4. Also outside is “Picturing the Past” an exhibit with 15 select oversized photographs of the property, dating from 1912-1915. These images will be strategically placed on the grounds at the photographer’s vantage point, giving guests who visit in 2015 a look at then and now.
Community Day Stan Hywet hosts its official 100th anniversary celebration at COMMUNITY DAY on Sunday, August 16. Admission will be free for registered guests (online at stanhywet.org later this spring) and the day includes vintage base ball, complimentary tours, antique cars, games, a Goodyear Band concert, geocaching, historic interpretations by the History First Hand acting troupe and more.
Special events that are guest favorites are also returning. “Inspiration in Bloom,” a fresh floral exhibit is on display in the Manor House, April 10-12 and October 1-4. Founders’ Day commemorates the 80th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous at the Gate Lodge, and the Father’s Day Car Show features century cars from 1915 and earlier, live music, and a display of vintage bicycles by the Ohio Wheelmen. The annual Gala, a Shakespearean Ball on June 19, is inspired by the Seiberlings’ housewarming party shortly after they took up residence at Stan Hywet.
The 49th annual OHIO MART is October 1-4, with highlights that include a 100th anniversary store and a museum tent celebrating the history of Stan Hywet’s volunteer Auxiliary Board at this annual artisan craft festival. In keeping with the yearlong theme, DECK THE HALL in November and December focuses
on “The Seiberling Family Christmases” with an exhibit of the family’s traditions in the 1920s, and a scale model of the Manor House - made out of gingerbread. More than 800,000 lights will illuminate the Estate, including Dazzle and Gingerbread Land.
More information is available at www.stanhywet.org or by calling 330-836-5533.