Stacy G. Carkhuff House.
This historic Akron home was designed by the New York architecture firm of Alexander Trowbridge and Fredrick Ackerman and constructed in 1917 for local businessman Stacy G. Carkhuff. Carkhuff was the secretary of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company from 1905 to 1943. The two-story house was modeled in Georgian Revival Style and features detailed brickwork, high interior ceilings, and large windows. The house acted as Carkhuff's home until his death in 1945. His family donated the house to the Firestone Foundation to act as their offices. Since then, the house has served as archives, a law firm, and as the offices of the Sovereign Chemical Company. The building was listed for sale in 2017 and was still on the market at the end of 2019.
Backstory and Context
The Stacy Carkhuff house was constructed in 1917 by the New York architecture firm of Alexander Trowbridge and Fredrick Ackerman. The two-story 17 room house is an example of the Georgian Revival style, with its use of brickwork to create a rich detailing. High ceilings and large windows characterize the interior of the house. The house also features a service wing for the servants of the house. The walls initially featured paneled walnut woodwork, while the floor was constructed with a varnished oak.
The building was the home of Stacy G. Carkhuff, Carkhuff was a highly respected secretary of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. He had worked at the Firestone Company from 1905 to 1943, becoming associated with the company shortly after its inception. Carkhuff had made a name in Akron by being an industrialist who promoted and controlled this leading Akron industry.
Carkhuff lived in the house until 1945, when he passed away. After his death, Carkhuff’s children donated the house to the Firestone Foundation. The house acted as the offices for the Firestone Foundation until 1982, the home also served as the archives for the foundation. After being sold by the Firestone Foundation, the house was purchased by the law firm of Oldham and Oldham. The building was once again sold in 2004 to the Sovereign Chemical Company who completed an extensive restoration of the building in 2005. The Sovereign Chemical Company used the home until 2017 when the house once again went up for sale. As of 2019, the Carkhuff is for sale at a price of $1,295,000, for this historic home.
Pahlau , James. Carkhuff, Stacy, G. , House . National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form . Published August 30th 1984. National Register of Historic Places.
1225 W Market Street, Akron, OH 44313, https://www.kaufmanrealty.com/. Accessed November 21st 2019. https://www.kaufmanrealty.com/p/1225-West-Market-St-Akron-OH-44313/dmgid_133725623.