Andrew Jackson House
277 E. Mill Street
Akron, OH 44308
On site lot – 40 cars, with 250 car adjacent parking owned by First Methodist Church
Total Square Footage
16,000 Sq. Ft.
National Register of Historic Places
Built circa 1868 in the Second Empire style as a family home for an Akron merchant, Andrew Jackson. This highly stylized mansion features large rooms, 12-foot ceilings, historic woodwork, and ample storage, and unique private open space with skylights on the loft level. State-of-the-art Variable Refrigerant HVAC system. ADA compliant.
The Andrew Jackson House is located at the corner of East Mill and Union Street in Akron, Ohio, adjacent to the University of Akron campus. The structure is a prominent building in downtown Akron across the street from the historic Hower House.
For the past 130 years, The Andrew Jackson House, aka the Odd Fellows Temple, has been an important feature and reminder of Akron’s strength as powerhouse of American industrialism. From 1868 to 1918 it was the residence of two elite Akron business families and from 1918 to 1994 it was the fraternal lodge of the Odd Fellows where its membership was made up of Akron’s most accomplished officials and professionals.
Jackson was then associated with John H. Hower, the industrialist who built the great Fir Hill Second Empire mansion which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. By 1879 Jackson also became a contractor and builder in addition to dealing in lumber, sash, doors, blinds, etc.
At the turn of the century the house was sold to John T. Johnson, general superintendent of Cleveland Terminal and Valley Railroad and of the Akron Division of the B. & O.
In 1918, it was then acquired from Johnson by the Akron I.O.O.F. aka The Odd Fellows. Organized in 1845, the Akron lodge had built its own temple on Main Street in 1892. They sold that building and purchased the Jackson-Johnson house in 1918, occupying it in 1919 after extensive renovations that created the great meeting room and other large open meeting spaces and office rooms.
Among the original incorporators of the Odd Fellows were A.C. Buchtel, Clerk of Common Pleas Court and I.O.O.F. Grand Master of Ohio, and James Corey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Summit County. The membership of the Odd Fellows has included the most important city officials and experts in all professions in the life of Akron.
The Jackson House has been acquired by The Chesler Group, Inc. in 2007 and will be renovated again for another important Akron organization.
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