Oak Place Mansion was built in 1870 and was the home of Akron inventor Lewis Miller. Today it is being preserved as an apartment building. This was the site of the wedding of Thomas Edison and Mina Miller, the daughter of Lewis Miller. The brick, gabled building is owned by real estate developer Michael Sapp.
Local history indicates that went Edison was courting Miller,
he took her on carriage rides in nearby Glendale Cemetery. They were married in
the mansion’s parlor on Feb. 24, 1886. Lewis Miller was an inventor and
industrialist. He made his fortune in manufacturing farm equipment. He held 92 patents, but it was his Buckeye
Mower and Reaper that made him wealthy.
Miller’s other accomplishments including helping to found
the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit cultural/educational retreat in New
York, designing “The Akron Plan,” a Sunday-school building design popular in
Protestant churches, and helping organize Mount Union College and serving as
its long-time president.
Original features in the mansion that are still intact include
12-foot high ceilings, a wood spiral staircase and a marble fireplace. The
mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places with the address of 142
King Drive though the address on the building is 127 Dawes Avenue.