Progress Through Preservation


Preservation House is the former Portage Township Schoolhouse, built in 1870 and located near the corner of West Market Street and White Pond Drive. It operated as a schoolhouse from 1870-1930, then served as a City of Akron Public Library Branch from 1932-1958. From 1959-2008, the building was home to Fairlawn Park Garden & Civic Center. In March 2009, PTP signed a 10 year license agreement with City of Akron to manage and restore the schoolhouse. The restoration of Preservation House was completed in 2014. Would you like to host an event in the historic Preservation House? Learn more below!

Host Your Next Event In History!

In addition to serving as PTP's current home, Preservation House (PH) is also the focus of a more than $200,000 restoration project funded by PTP. The most immediate goal was to make the building more recognizable as a schoolhouse again, specifically through such additions as a period-appropriate belfry.

Preservation House is available to rent for social gatherings and meetings. Our meeting room is approximately 25' x 32' and furnishings include (50) chairs and (12) 6'x3' tables. The food preparation area includes counters, a sink, under-counter refrigerator, coffee maker, convection oven, and microwave. There is one restroom in the vestibule.  Maximum seating capacity is 50 people.  

The rental rates are as follows:

Preservation House address: 2074 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313

Preservation House Reservation Calendar

Use the calendar below to find available dates to reserve Preservation House for your private party, event, or meeting. Ready to request a date? Fill out the request and rental agreement form.