The Massillon Heritage Foundation
FIVE OAKSThis Foundation was created with the intent of preserving a national treasure called “The Five Oaks” which is located in Massillon, Ohio just south of Akron. It was built from 1892 to 1894 as the home of J. Walter McClymonds and his family.
210 4th Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Five Oaks was built by the renowned architect, Charles F. Schweinfurth. Mr. Schweinfurth is well known and has designed many of the famed mansions on Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue. This home is considered one of Mr. Schweinfurth’s most distinguished works. The home was completed in 1894.
At the turn of the century, Euclid Avenue was internationally known; Baedeker’s Travel Guides called the elm-lined avenue “The Showplace of America,” and designated it as a must see for travelers from Europe. That show place lives on in this remarkable structure. The concentration of wealth on Euclid Avenue was unparalleled; the tax valuation of the mansions along “the Avenue” far exceeded the valuation of New York’s Fifth Avenue in the late nineteenth century.
Our Five Oaks mansion is the only standing Charles Schweinfurth legacy that remains in nearly perfect condition. This spectacular landmark was entered in the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. It is also registered with the Ohio Historical Society.
In 1920, the home was gifted to the Massillon Woman’s Club, which was founded in 1919 by a group of women who were Red Cross workers during World War I. Our diligence in preserving it cannot be underestimated. This remarkable building is adorned with Tiffany windows and lights, and its stone architecture is worthy of our best efforts. It is well preserved and definitely a structure well worth visiting. This is due to the efforts of the community and wonderful efforts of many hard working volunteers.