Goodyear Hall, Ohio Savings and Trust Company
1201 East Market Street, Akron, Ohio
+41.06639, -81.4826741°03'59" N, 81°28'58" W
Goodyear Hall, Ohio Savings and Trust Company is being nominated under Criterion A: in the area of Entertainment and Recreation and in the area of Industry for the labor relations that the Goodyear Company amplified in the construction of the hall and bank for the employees. Paul Litchfield, one of Goodyear's leading executives had strong convictions that a factory should be a -place where men could make money for good work, have decent working conditions, and have a chance to get ahead in the world- and his belief was the leading factor in the construction of Goodyear Hall . The building was constructed as a monument and gift from the company to the employees. In 1917, Goodyear directors announced that they would erect a large employees' recreation building to house their industrial school and recreational facilities. -The company believes workmen are more contented if they are associated with the organization. The prime reason for the new Goodyear Hall, as it is to be called, is the desire to offer all employees facilities for mental, physical and social betterment. A prominent feature will be an immense gymnasium for all kinds of indoor athletes . It is to have a seating capacity of 5,000 with stage and assembly hall facilities . Adjoining will be a swimming pool. Another feature will be an auditorium seating 1 ,400. Provisions have also been made for the housing of the factory school and the offices of numerous societies. In the basement are bowling alleys, shower baths, locker rooms, rifle range , check rooms and hand ball courts .-1 The swimming pool was never realized; however Walker and Weeks produced several designs. 2 The period of significance begins in 1917, when construction began on the building , and ends in 1963 based on the National Register fifty year rule.
Posted to the NRHP 2-24-2014
- August 23, 2014: Added by Dave King