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Standing Tall in Akron, Ohio

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This building in downtown Akron, Ohio, once housed the general officers of the Akron, Canton & Youngstown Railway.

Although the AC&Y was acquired by Norfolk & Western Railway in 1964, there continued to be railroad offices here for the remainder of the 1960s and into the 1970s.

Built in 1919, the eight-story building still stands at 12 E. Exchange St. just west of South Main Street.

It has also been 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.

The last railroad office in the building closed in 1982 and 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.

This view was made from South Main Street in early November 2016 with a burning bush adding some autumn color.

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