WhiteSpace Renovation Wins Award

WhiteSpace Heritage Award

The Akron Soap Company, Home of WhiteSpace, Honored With Summit County Architectural Heritage Award


AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Soap Company building and current home of WhiteSpace, an integrated marketing agency, received a Summit County Architectural Heritage Award for adaptive reuse. Presented biennially by Progress Through Preservation of Greater Akron (PTP) and the Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio, the award recognizes architectural importance and historic character in Akron and throughout the greater Summit County area.

“It’s an honor for the building to receive this award and to be a part of Akron’s history,” said WhiteSpace President & CEO Keeven White. “Preserving this historic building goes along with WhiteSpace’s commitment to the Akron community and our tradition of giving back through events like the creative marathon for nonprofits and Green & Clean projects.”

Located at 243 Furnace St. on Akron’s north side, the building was constructed in 1893 and renovated in 2013. In addition to the Akron Soap Company, occupants have included the Pioneer Cereal Company, Pockrandt Paint Company and others.

The Akron Soap Company building:

  • Was built in 1893
  • Underwent a $2.5 million dollar renovation
  • Features exposed brick, original pulleys and elevator machinery
  • Occupies three acres of land in downtown Akron


The award ceremony was held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Trailhead Event Space. Other recipients included the Wine Mill in Peninsula, Cascade Lofts in downtown Akron, the Seiberling Homestead in Norton, the Scissor Room in Munroe Falls, and Allan Sveda of Hudson.  

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