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Summit County Trolley tour to honor architectural landmarks in Akron, Peninsula

By Sophie Kruse | Record Publishing Published: May 9, 2013 1:08 PM
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The Summit County Historical Society will have a Trolley Tour to honor the 2012 Architectural Heritage Award winners May 18.

The Trolley Tour is a collaborative program with the Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron, which hosts the Architectural Heritage Awards. The Preservation Alliance and the Historical Society have been partnering to put on those awards since 1993.

The awards honor projects in Akron and Summit County that are considered historic preservation examples, as well as individuals who have made a significant impact. The categories considered are restoration, rehabilitation of historic buildings and the preservation of recent past. They also recognize nominations who use eco-friendly practices in their preservation projects.

This will be the second year for the tour. The Architectural Heritage Awards take place ever other year, and the trolley has been starting to take place on the opposite year. The tour had previously used buses, but switched to using the City of Akron trolley when they partnered with the city.

The tour will be guided by Leianne Neff Heppner, the executive director at the Summit County Historical Society.

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The trolley will drive by many locations that were award winners, including the architecture of Roy G. Firestone on Merriman Road in Akron, the home of Jack and Sara Jeter in Akron, the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, Peninsula United Methodist Church, the Countryside Conservancy and National Park Service in Peninsula, the home of Joseph Vance in Akron and the Akron Bar Association.

Participants will get the chance to take a tour of the Jeter home and visit a farm that is part of the Conservancy, as well as driving by the rest of the locations.

The tour has been successful in its past year, and has gathered a lot of interest from those who wish to see the winners of the awards.

"People who are curious can see these locations and not have to worry about driving," said Heppner.

The four-hour tour will give riders an opportunity to see award winners as well as learn more information about them.

"I will be commentating during the trolley tour, talking about the winners, the process of the awards and the partnership between the Summit County Historical Society and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron," said Heppner. She will also be pointing out other historical monuments from the area on the tour.

For those who can't make the tour but still wish to be involved with the groups, the Historical Society will have a Civil War Day on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Preservation Alliance will have a breakfast on May 23 in celebration of Preservation Month. For more information on the breakfast, visit www.preserveakron.org.

The cost of the trolley tour is $10 a person, and the seating is limited to 30 people. The tour will meet at 9 a.m. at the Akrona Gallery, 1765 W. Market Street, for coffee and doughnuts, and will begin at 9:30 a.m. It will return at noon. For information and reservations, call the Summit County Historical Society at 330-535-1120.

Email: skruse@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400

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