To be honest, the premise of this thread could turn out to be a load of rubbish and hot air. My curiosity into this matter revolves around a single
floor tile, a single statement made by a curator, and a bit of circumstantial tangents. We will address this matter in a moment, but please allow me
to lay some necessary context and framework.
Pictured here is Frank Augustus Seiberling (October 6, 1859 – August 11, 1955), the original co-founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
The Seiberling Family home was constructed between the years 1912-1915 in Akron, Ohio, and follows in the style of Tudor Revival architecture. F.A.
Seiberling named the 70-acre estate, “Stan Hywet” (old English, “Stone Quarry”), as a tribute to the site’s original usage. At 51,134
square-feet, the Stan Hywet manor is the 34th largest home in the United States.
“Non Nobis Solum” (“Not For Us Alone”) above the main entrance
The house is beautifully crafted! The entirety of the home’s walls are intricately hand-carved by master wood workers, the floors showcase exemplary
stone slabs and tiles of varying varieties, and the windows feature Tudor Revival Steel panels (21,455 panes of glass), with the occasional decorative
stained glass. The home also includes a music room, a bowling alley, a billiards room, and even an indoor swimming pool and spa. The estate features
gorgeous gardens, orchards, ponds, bridges, and a garden grotto.
A couple years after the passing of F.A. Seiberling, the family home was donated to a non-profit organization in 1957. Today, Stan Hywet Hall stands
as a Historic Site and museum, open to the public.
When embarking on one of the more intimately guided tours, we discovered lots of mystery! We unveiled a plethora of hidden compartments, secret doors,
and hidden passageways. Regarding some of the hidden compartments, a curator mentioned that the family needed a place to hide controversial objects,
and specifically alluded, ”Pray to something else that wasn’t considered appropriate.”
We were completely taken-back by this statement, and didn’t think to ask any follow-up questions by the sheer surprise of what had just been said.
However, as a student of the esoteric and occult, my eyes were already scouring the manor for any significant symbolism. The Seiberlings were known to
be Lutherans, and Christian symbolism could be found incorporated into the home. Some glass panes, floor tiles, and wood carvings were adorned with
traditional and ornate crosses (I didn’t see a Templar one
), and the occasional Triple Spiral and Spiral Triskelion. One of the rooms even had a
full top-border mural of Chaucer’s, “Canterbury Tales”, encircling the entire room.
At the bottom of the main stairway, there is a marvelous statue of the Roman Mercury and/or the Greek Hermes,
and ascending this main stairway, we encounter a beautiful winged-foot.
It is said that F.A. Seiberling chose to use the Wingfoot as the logo for Goodyear, because it embodied many qualities of his company. I find nothing
sinister here, for I am appreciative of Mercury, Hermes, Thoth, and even that Great Sage of old, Hermes Trismegistus.
Within the entirety of the mansion that I beheld, there was single stone tile that captured my curiosity. Nestled between the main Music Room and
Library, the home features an Enclosed Porch with a fabulous mosaic fountain.
There are a few Cross and Triple Spiral tiles, however, there is only one floor tile that stands out from the rest:
The center appears to be the Ram of Aries within a circle, with both left corners of the square showing the traditional symbol for Aries. The
lower-right corner ‘might be’ a linear variation of the Aries symbol, what do you guys think?
The top-right corner is just about missing,
but it appears to be the same symbol as the lower, which would make sense observing the left-side corners.
F.A. Seiberling was not an Aries himself. Hmmm, could it be a possible token of his wife’s or children’s birth signs? All throughout the house, we
did not encounter any other constellation or zodiac symbols, only this single tile of Aries. When I referred to the floorplan of Stan Hywet Manor, I
noticed that the floor tile is oriented south to south-west. Perhaps it is a coincidence that on a North-oriented map, this floor tile of Aries would
appear upside down.
I dug a little deeper and was able to discover that F.A. Seiberling’s father, Mr. James H. Seiberling, was a member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows. An article (cited at the closing), mentions that James H. Seiberling’s ”sons hold membership in the Masonic fraternity,”
however, it does not make mention as to which sons were Freemasons.
This thread is not meant to cast dirt or shame upon this prestigious family, nor is it a “Satanic Illuminati witch-hunt”. I am a student of the
arts and crafts, and simply seek rational opinions as to any significance that this lone image of Aries may hold.
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Big Old Houses: Inside Stan Hywet
The Origin of the Wingfoot
James H. Seiberling
edit on 12/4/16 by Sahabi because: Check out the links for more beautiful pictures