The University of Akron has received state approval to purchase Quaker Square. They intend to covert it into a dormitory for 382 students.
Quaker Square was built in 1936 as a storage facility for the then Akron-based Quaker Oats Company, a company founded by Ferdinand Schumacher in 1856. When the company moved to Chicago in 1970, the facility was purchased by private investors and transformed into a hotel, restaurant and shopping complex. The facility opened in 1975 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each Quaker Square silo is 120' tall and 24' in diameter.
Crowne Plaza Quaker Square Hotel:
The former 36 grain silos of the Quaker Oats company are now 196 hotel rooms and 6 suites.
- Rooms: -All of the rooms are perfectly round room; even the bathroom is round. The over-sized rooms, measuring 24" in diameter are furnished with traditional style furnishings, a sitting area, large desk area.
- Amenities - All rooms feature two speaker phones with a computer data port, free high-speed Internet access, a free morning newspaper, a CD player, and a built-in hairdryer.
- Facilities - Facilities at the hotel include a modern workout facility, an indoor pool, an outdoor sun deck, a business center, a restaurant and an attached shopping mall. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served each morning to guests, complete with Quaker Oats oatmeal.
- Meeting Space - The Crowne Plaza Quaker Square boasts 80,000-square feet of meeting space, including unique rooms, such as a Pullman train car and a round conference room.
Shopping at Quaker Square:
Adjacent to the hotel is the Quaker Station Mall. The General and Christmas Annex is a spacious and unique gift shop that offers nostalgic gifts and antiques as well as Christmas products year-round. Pick up the latest papers, magazines and comic books at The Newsstand. The General Store offers an assortment of specialty foods, old-fashion candies, teas, gift baskets, and locally made candies, including Harry London Chocolates.
Quaker Station Mall is open to the general public as well as hotel guests from 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.
Quaker Square offers several dining options. Among them are:
- The Trackside Grille - Here guests can dine in an authentic Pullman rail car. The food includes sandwiches, steaks, seafood, salads and more. The Trackside Grille is open 11am to 10pm daily. The adjacent Trackside Lounge is open 11am to midnight Sunday to Thursday and 11am to 1 am on Friday and Saturday.
- The Candy Store - A casual eateries that serves a light menu along with a huge selection of pies, sweets, ice cream and Starbucks coffee.
Quaker Square is located in the heart of downtown Akron, within walking distance of many of the city's attractions. Across the street is the John S. Knight Convention Center and the University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.
Within walking distance is Main Street where you will find more restaurants and shopping, the Akron Civic Theatre, and Lock 3 Park. Other major attractions are just minutes away including the National Inventors Hall of Fame,Hale Farm Village and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, and the Akron Zoo.
Crowne Plaza Quaker Square
135 South Broadway St
Akron, OH 44308
Take I-77 South to Exit 22A toward Main St./Broadway/Downtown Akron; turn Right onto W South St.; turn Left onto S Broadway St.
The University of Akron purchased the Quaker Square property on June 13, 2007. The plan to renovate the facility and use it as a dormitory. The press release announcing the sale indicates that UA intends to honor existing special events contracts at the hotel.
(Last updated 8-21-07)