Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Built over a two-year period, from 1936-1937, by the Federal Works Progress Administration, the Glendale Steps survive as a monument to the work of stone craftsmen during the Great Depression. Spanning a 200-foot slope, the purpose of the Glendale Steps was to enable Akron residents to descend from South Walnut Street to a city park along Glendale Avenue. The 242 sandstone steps were dressed on site and hand laid by WPA laborers at a cost of $22,000. Depression-era budget problems prevented the City of Akron from completing planned improvements to the park.
Erected 2006 by Progress Through Preservation and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 36-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. 41° 5.134′ N, 81° 31.387′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on Glendale Avenue (Ohio Route 162), on the right when traveling west. Marker and Steps are north of Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 65 Glendale Avenue, Akron OH 44302, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Creating Crossroads of Commerce (approx. 0.3 miles away); United Rubber Workers International Union (approx. 0.3 miles away); Howard Street District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1936 Akron Rubber Strike (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); United States Synthetic Rubber Program 1939-1945 (approx. ¾ mile away); Portage Path (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
Also see . . .
1. Glendale Steps Marker Dedication. (Submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Progress Through Preservation. (Submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Akron History Trails Brochure. (Submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Man-Made Features •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 671 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5. submitted on October 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.