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The Gate Lodge, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 7, 2011
1. The Gate Lodge, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Marker
Inscription.
Side A: The Gate Lodge, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Completed in 1915, the Gate Lodge is one of several service buildings located at Stan Hywet Hall dedicated to the operations of the estate. Located at the front entrance gates, this two-story Tudor Revival structure was designed by the Seiberlings' architect Charles S. Schneider. Originally, the Gate Lodge served as a residence for the estate's superintendent. The first to fill this role was William Dennis who moved in with his family to the Gate Lodge after its completion and resided there until his death in 1923. Between 1923 and 1944, Fred, the eldest child of F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling, lived in the Gate Lodge with his wife Henrietta and their three children. In 1935, Henrietta brought here the two men who would formally found Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson of New York and Dr. Bob Smith of Akron.

Side B: The Gate Lodge, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, The Birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous
On Mother's Day in 1935, Henrietta Buckler Seiberling arranged for her friend Dr. Bob Smith to meet Bill Wilson in the Gate Lodge at Stan Hywet Hall. An active member of the West Hill Oxford Group, Henrietta was involved in the "alcohol squad." She knew these two men had struggled with alcoholism and introduced them in the hope that together they would begin the
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 7, 2011
2. The Gate Lodge at Stan Hywet Hall
road to recovery. This and subsequent meetings by Dr. Smith and his wife Anne, Bill Wilson, Henrietta, and several other members resulted in the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The initial gathering has been described as one of the most significant events of the twentieth century. Henrietta's leadership role in the formation of the AA secured her place in the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1998.
 
Erected 2008 by Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 40-77.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 7.002′ N, 81° 32.937′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Touch for map. Marker is 30 feet west of the Gate Lodge, along the road leading from the gate at Portage Path and Garman Road into the Stan Hywet Hall estate grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 714 North Portage Path, Akron OH 44303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stan Hywet Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Treaty of Fort McIntosh Boundary Line (approx. mile away); Astronaut Judith Resnik (approx. 0.9 miles away); Elm Court / Our Lady of the Elms (approx. one mile away); 1797 Portage Path Survey (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Portage Path Connected Lake Erie with the Ohio River (approx. 1.1 miles away); Yeck Family Portage Path North Terminus Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Portage Path North Terminus (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
 
Also see . . .
1. Henrietta Seiberling. (Submitted on June 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Alcoholics Anonymous. (Submitted on June 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Dr. Bob and AA. (Submitted on June 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. (Submitted on June 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Stan Hywet Hall National Register Nomination. (Submitted on June 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 848 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
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