Our primary purpose is to maintain, restore and preserve the property at 855 Ardmore Avenue which was the family home of physician Robert Holbrook Smith, affectionately called Dr. Bob, one of the founding fathers of Alcoholics Anonymous. This historic site in Akron, Ohio is the birthplace of this internationally known fellowship, which subsequently became the foundation of numerous 12 step programs that are improving the lives of millions.
Second, our ongoing mission is to help alcoholics by preserving the atmosphere of acceptance where early members achieved and maintained their sobriety. This prevailing attitude is simply expressed in our greeting “Welcome Home.”
Third, to educate the local community and beyond on how Dr. Bob’s home played in the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous and the manner in which alcoholics were helped in the early days.
Dr BobRobert Holbrook Smith was born on August 8th 1879 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. After graduation from Dartmouth College in 1902, he completed his medical training at Rush Medical School in Chicago. While attending college, he became a steady drinker; a situation that progressed until his recovery. In 1915, some 17 years after he had first met her, he married his high school sweetheart Anne Ripley and brought her to Akron. Even though he became a successful surgeon, he continued to struggle with alcoholism. Read More….
Anne SmithAnne Ripley Smith was referred to by Bill Wilson, as “the mother of Alcoholics Anonymous” She was a woman who possessed a deep faith in God and unwavering love for those who suffer. Anne was born March 3, 1881 in Oak Park, Illinois, and was one of four children. Read More….
- Repairing the chimney, roof, rafter tails, fascia boards, trellis, front door, windows and front porch
- Replacing/restoring gutters and downspouts
- Performing an existing condition study and paint analysis
- Painting the exterior of home
- Replacing HVAC Unit in Archive House
- Adding UV protection to windows
- Construction management
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