AC&Y Building Still Standing Tall

The burning bush plants are on South Main Street, but the AC&Y Building is on Exchange Street.

The burning bush plants are on South Main Street, but the AC&Y Building is on Exchange Street.

Looking up from the sidewalk.

Looking up from the sidewalk.

 

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During an early November outing in Akron, I made it a point to visit the former AC&Y building in downtown Akron.

Although I’ve driven past it several times over the years, I’d never made the time to photograph it.

The building at 12 E. Exchange St. in downtown Akron once housed the general officers of the Akron, Canton & Youngstown Railway.

Although the AC&Y was acquired by the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1964, there continued to be railroad offices here until 1982.

Built in 1919, the eight-story building that stands just west of South Main Street was initially known as the Herberich Bulding after Charles Herberich, an Akron businessman who built the structure in the Neo-Classic Revival style.

Herberich owned a real estate company and its officers were on the first floor.

It was the tallest building at the time in the south end of downtown Akron and had offices for doctors, construction companies, insurance companies and such non-profit organizations as the American Legion.

General Tire Company also had offices there with Charles Herberich being one of the firm’s founders.

The AC&Y moved its offices into the Herberich Building in 1923 and in 1926 it took on the identity of the railroad.

Today, the Crucible Development Corporation owns the structure, which it has named 12 E. Exchange St. The AC&Y Building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

A restaurant occupied the first floor and the other floors can be leased for office space.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

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