Category: Hotels

Portage Hotel Interior - Akron, Ohio

Portage Hotel – Interior

The Portage Hotel was located at 10 North Main Street in Akron. The eight-story, 170-room hotel opened on June 12, 1912. In 1935, the Portage Hotel was host to the founding of the United Rubber Workers Union. The Portage closed in 1969 and was repurposed for a short time as a nursing home. The building…

Goretz Hotel, Portage Lakes near Akron, Ohio

Groetz Hotel

Opened in 1891 by John B. Groetz (1866-1951), this late 19th-century hotel was a popular meeting place for famous politicians, businessmen, and athletes. Mark Hanna, the right-hand man of President McKinley, often dined here. Thomas Edison, a good friend of Harvey Firestone, was also a frequent visitors. Location: – Demolished – Portage Lakes Drive in Portage Lakes, Ohio.

Mayflower Hotel, Akron, Ohio

Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel took her place among downtown Akron’s landmark buildings in 1931. The luxury hotel was an enormous symbol of the city’s prosperity. Interestingly, 1931 also saw the rise of Akron’s First Central Trust Tower and the new YMCA building.

Midtown Motel, E Market Street, Akron, Ohio

Midtown Motel

It didn’t win a title as first, biggest, most luxurious, or even remotely famous among Akron’s hotels, but the Midtown Motel was a long time fixture on Akron’s E. Market Street. Midtown guests could enjoy a stay in one of 90-100 air-conditioned rooms, all with tile baths, free TV, and a phone. Meeting rooms were also available,…

Y.M.C.A.

YMCA – Aerial View

Akron YMCA Building is a registered historic building in Akron, Ohio, listed in the National Register on October 31, 1980. Although the YMCA is still in the building for which it is named, the organization no longer owns the building. The YMCA now leases space on the lower floors from the building’s owner.

Old YMCA Building

YMCA – Building

The Akron YMCA began in 1870 as a small reading room on South Howard Street. By In 1904 they had grown enough to build a five-story building at State and Main. This structure was later raised to make room for the Mayflower Hotel.

YMCA building, Akron, Ohio

YMCA – Building

This is Akron’s first YMCA building. The organization would outgrow this building by the 1920’s and replace it with a 16-story Art Deco building in 1931. The Young Men’s Christian Association, commonly known as simply the Y, is an organization founded on putting Christian principles into practice by developing a healthy “body, mind, and spirit”.

YWCA Akron, Ohio

Akron YWCA

The Y.W.C.A. building at 22 S. High St. was originally called the Grace House, (later known as the Sawan Building). The YWCA moved into the building in 1907 after remodeling and adding a cafeteria, swimming pool, gym, and track. The building was demolished in 1994.

New Portage Hotel, Akron, Ohio

New Portage Hotel

Located at 10 North Main Street, this eight-story, 170-room hotel was completed in 1912. After its closing in 1969, the Portage was converted into a nursing home. After 80 years in Akron, the building was demolished in 1992.

Windsor Hotel - Akron, Ohio

Windsor Hotel

The main building was originally the Methodist church which stood on the corner of South Broadway and Church streets. The building was purchased by F. Schumacher and moved to the corner of Mill and Summit streets, where he operated it as a temperance hotel under the name “Cascade House”. In 1884, Schumacher moved the building…

Akron Tower Motor Hotel, Akron, Ohio

Akron Tower Motor Inn

Magnificently modern in concept, comfort, convenience – 200 luxury rooms – Free inside parking – Swimming pool – Restaurant. 50 West State St. Akron 8 Ohio Telephone: 762-0451 Teletype AK84

Hotel Buchtel, Akron, Ohio

Hotel Buchtel

Built by William Buchtel (1822-1914), the five-story brick and stone hotel opened in 1884 on the southeast corner of Main and Mill Streets. It featured a hydraulic-powered elevator, electric lights in every room and bathrooms on every floor.

Portage Hotel, Akron, Ohio

Portage Hotel

The Portage Hotel at Main Street and Market Street replaced the Empire House Hotel in 1912. The Portage was Akron’s leading hotel until construction of the Mayflower Hotel. In 1935, in the Portage Hotel’s ballroom, Akron’s rubber workers created the United Rubber Workers (URW) union.

Mayflower Hotel, Akron, Ohio

Mayflower Hotel

Akron’s Mayflower Hotel on Main Street Located at the corner of Main Street and State Street, the 16 story Mayflower had 450 room, a ballroom, banquet hall, six private dining rooms, one large dining room, coffee Shop, and equipped with modern equipment.

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