Unique octagonal rooms include black walnut woodwork, oak parquet floors and original family furnishings and heirlooms. On their way out, visitors can buy mementos from the Cellar Door Store gift shop. The Hower House is easy to spot; just look for the soaring tower and French exterior of this home at the edge of the University of Akron campus. Open for tours 11 months a year. Admission. Free parking. Akron industrialist John Henry Hower built this 28-room home in 1871. His legacy lived on, as the Hower family continued to inhabit the Second Empire Italianate-style mansion for 102 years. Rooms were originally heated by wood and coal; the eight fireplaces and six chimneys remain today.
What makes this business unique? On the University of Akron campus