Quaker Square

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Quaker Square
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General information
Type Student Residence
Location 135 S Broadway St, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA
Completed 1932
Opening 1975
Quaker Oats Cereal Factory
Quaker Square is located in Ohio
Quaker Square
Location 120 E. Mill St., Akron, Ohio
Coordinates 41°4′52″N 81°30′54″W / 41.08111°N 81.51500°W / 41.08111; -81.51500Coordinates: 41°4′52″N 81°30′54″W / 41.08111°N 81.51500°W / 41.08111; -81.51500
Area 4 acres (2 ha)
Built 1886
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #

78002195

[1]
Added to NRHP December 8, 1978

Quaker Square is a shopping and dining complex located in downtown Akron, Ohio. Housed in a mill, factory, and silos built and owned by Quaker Oats, the buildings were bought by developers in the early 1970s who sought to create a unique, useful home for shops and restaurants. The buildings were bought by the University of Akron in 2007. The hotel has been converted to a residence hall. The retail space consists of several small shops and restaurants, and offices are on the floors above. Quaker Square is still open to the general public, with the ballrooms still available for catered events and conferences. The hotel no longer accepts reservations and the rooms are operated exclusively for student use.[2]

History[edit]

Quaker Oats built 36 grain silos in 1932. Each silo was 120 feet tall and 24 feet in diameter, and together they housed 1,500,000 bushels of grain.[3]

Quaker Oats terminated production in Akron in 1970. The entire complex is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Mall[edit]

The facility was repurposed in March 1973, and reopened 1 April 1975 with four shops and an ice cream parlor.[3]

The silos were converted into a Hilton Hotel which opened in 1980.[4] Later it became a Crowne Plaza hotel. The hotel is built into the suite of silos and is famed for its 196 completely round rooms. (Source: "Quaker Chronicle" promotional sheet available at the hotel.)

The Trackside Grille & Ice Cream Parlor, a restaurant themed with railroads which run parallel to the building, also provides a narrative of Akron’s history. The Trackside Dining Room was constructed with the beams and columns of the factory building. (Source: "Quaker Chronicle" promotional sheet available at the hotel.)

The Quaker Square General Store offers oatmeal cookies, pie-baking classes for children, and "nostalgic" candy. (Source: "Quaker Chronicle" promotional sheet available at the hotel.)

The former Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron (also formerly known as The Crowne Plaza Quaker Square hotel)

Purchase by University of Akron[edit]

In mid-June 2007 the University of Akron bought the complex for $22,679,000 with plans to convert it into student housing and office space.[4] The university planned to house more than 400 students in the converted hotel starting with the 2008 spring semester.[5] In January 2008, the university began to use the upper floors of the hotel as a residence hall.

Under contract with UA, RDA Management of Fairlawn operated 95 hotel rooms on the four bottom floors of the silos for the following two years. The university agreed to keep those rooms available to the public for that period to give the city an opportunity to secure more hotel space for downtown visitors and tourists. On June 30, 2013 the hotel was closed and converted entirely into student housing but the rest of the facility including the stores and restaurant remain open to the public.[6]

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