Frank and Gertrude Seiberling gained prominence in the upper echelon of Akron business and culture in the first half of the Twentieth Century. "F A", as he was known, founded the Goodyear Rubber Company, with brother Charles at his side, and then with Gertrude went on to build Stan Hywet Hall, a gathering place for the extended family, members of the arts community, and political and financial leaders.
"Cofounder of the Goodyear rubber empire in Akron, Ohio, [F.A.] Seiberling built the largest private house in Ohio, Stan Hywet Hall, [finished in 1919] and surrounded it with one of the most splendid landscape gardens in the Midwest."
—New York Times, September, 1998
Granny Sei's bedroom
Exterior view near lily pond
Exterior view showing F.A.'s office
Exterior view showing roses
Photos courtesy of H. K. Barnett, Allison Park, PA—c. 1980
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"... Frank A. and Charles W. were born in the Seiberling home at Western Star and after serving an apprenticeship in their father's various industries, struck out in the industrial world for themselves. In 1898, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was organized with Frank Seiberling as president and Charles W. as treasurer. By this time, Akron was beginning to change from a machinery and cereal manufacturing center to the rubber center of the world. Most of the early major rubber companies were establishing headquarters in Akron. Most of these rubber companies were plagued with financial and patent problems. Competition was fierce but the Seiberlings were to see Goodyear grow to one of the world's largest rubber companies in the next 20 years. After the financial difficulties of the early 1920's the Seiberlings started the Seiberling Rubber Company in Barberton." — www.CityOfNorton.org
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