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The Hower House, constructed in the late 1871 century, serves as a fine example of second empire Italianate architecture. Built by Akron industrialist John Henry Hower, the 28-room residence was inhabited by his family and its future generations for 102 years. Wood and coal were originally used to heat the room but the 8 fireplaces and 6 chimneys can still be seen today.

The octagonal rooms of the Hower House are adorned with oak parquet floors, black walnut woodwork, and original furnishings from the early times. Filled with significant pieces from around the world, the house, which is turned into a museum, also houses its own museum shop where visitors can choose from a variety of unique gift items.
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