Local history: Cascade Holiday Inn checked in 50 years ago
Rooms were reserved before beds were assembled. Banquets were scheduled before cooks were hired. Conventions were booked before tables were purchased.
The Cascade Holiday Inn was a success before it even opened in 1971.
Fifty years ago, Akron officials hailed the 20-story hotel at 20 W. Mill St. as a cornerstone in the revitalization of downtown. It was a major piece of the puzzle in the Cascade Urban Renewal Project, which included the 24-story Akron Center and the seven-story building known as 3 Cascade Plaza.