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46 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, a 70-acre historic american country estate, is located in Akron, Ohio. Industrialist, F. A. Seiberling, a co-founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, built the property with his wife Gertrude in 1915. The couple raised their family, conducted business, politics, and entertained members of the various arts. It is the nation's sixth largest historic home open to the public, and Akron's first and largest National Historic Landmark. The estate is accredited with the American Alliance of Museums. Commissioned by Stan Hywet's directors, The Pattie Group, Inc., of Novelty, Ohio, designed the "Playgarden" as a 5,000 square foot family space that combines historical, natural and environmental education, with lots of fun. Throughout the interactive garden spaces, children and adults learn about the history of the rubber and tire industry and its impact on Akron, as well as the history of the exquisite mansion and gardens built by the Seiberling family. Guests enter the Playgarden through an arched pergola that mimics the grand arched entry of the Seiberling's Tudor Revival manor house, and encounter the Seiberlings' deep love for music. A sculptural centerpiece in the pergola is based on the pipe organ that belonged to the family, and interactive buttons within the archway cause organ, piano, and harp music to play, as delightful bubbles blow out from the pipes. Continued on page 48 Playgarden T h e S t a n H y w e t by Josh Tooker, PLA Landscape Architecture by The Pattie Group Inc. Above: For the design of the Stan Hywet Playgarden, The Pattie Group., incorporated many of the original owner's passions, hobbies and character into the garden features. Garden Entrance Structure • Interactive Music Structure • Button Activated music notes • Calm, Simple, peaceful space • Education on History of vehicle • For families, interactive for children • Radio activated through bicycle Living Car Topiary Dog Tire Garden Structure Tire Garden Dog House Miniature Fairy Garden Children Adventure Building • Stan Hywet style Architecture • Exploration and physical activity for children Dog Dig Pit • Children sand pit for exploration Solstice Play Fountain Solstice Water Area • Children Water Fountain • Motion activated water • Solstice Education Activity Lawn • Seating area • Shade and relaxation for parents • Bocce ball, Lawn Bowling