First Congregational Church of Akron will take part in the Ohio History Connection’s Ohio Open Doors event September 16, 2018. Free guided tours of our historic building will be offered from 1:00-3:00pm.
The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. This event allows residents the chance to discover Ohio’s amazing heritage as historic buildings and landmarks across the state open their doors for special tours and events.
First Church, established in 1833, was Akron’s first formally organized church congregation. The current Bedford limestone building, which includes a 100-foot-high bell and clock tower, was completed in 1910. Visitors will receive a guided tour of the interior, which includes the original Meetinghouse with its distinctive, original, Tiffany-style stained glass windows and massive monitor (skylight) dome. The Meetinghouse also features a Casavant Frères pipe organ that was built in Quebec, Canada, which contains more than 3,500 individual pipes controlled from a console of four keyboards and a pedalboard. In addition, the tour will include the Upper Room, which was one of the early Akron Plan Sunday School designs. This area has undergone few alterations, and still features the radiating-shaped classrooms and original decorative stained-glass skylight.
For more information about Ohio Open Doors, visit ohiohistory.org