Posts Tagged ‘downtown Akron’

AC&Y Building Still Standing Tall

November 28, 2016
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

Railroading as it Once Was: Weeds and Grass Between the Rails Were Common in the 1970s

March 9, 2016

C&O unit in Akron

Railroads didn’t invest much in weed killer during the 1970s. It was not unusual to see grass and weed sprouting between the rails.

It wasn’t that railroads weren’t spending anything on track maintenance, but it was a period of austerity. Two of the railroads that used these tracks by Akron Union Depot, Penn Central and the Erie Lackawanna, were bankrupt.

By the time this image was made, the station no longer hosted passenger trains, but much of its infrastructure still remained in place.

Shown is a Chesapeake & Ohio SD35 leading a westbound Chessie System manifest freight past the platform of the depot.

Today, there are just two tracks here and the platform and its umbrella shed have been removed. But you won’t see weeds like you did way back when.

Photograph by Roger Durfee

More Akron Railroad Heritage Comes Down

December 2, 2009

Akron Railroad Club member Steve McMullen reports that another vestige of the Erie and the Baltimore & Ohio railroads has been removed from downtown Akron.

CSX work crews have removed the cantilever signal structures and the signal bridges formerly used by both railroads in downtown Akron in the vicinity of the former Union Depot site.

None of these structures has held signals for several years. Conrail removed much of the former Erie tracks in downtown Akron in the early 1980s. The Erie alonge with the jointly operated B&O/Pennsylvania railroad tracks ran parallel through downtown Akron, crossing at JO Tower. The crossing was located just beneath the Mill Street bridge.

Still standing, for now, is the remnant of an umbrella shed on the sole remaining platform of the third Akron Union Depot. The depot, which opened in 1950, is now owned by the University of Akron.