Built over a two-year period, from 1936-1937, by the Federal Works Progress Administration, the Glendale Steps survive as a monument to the work of stone craftsmen during the Great Depression. Spanning a 200-foot slope, the purpose of the Glendale Steps was to enable Akron residents to descend from South Walnut Street to a city park along Glendale Avenue. The 242 sandstone steps were dressed on site and hand laid by WPA laborers at a cost of $22,000. Depression-era budget problems prevented the City of Akron from completing planned improvements to the park. Re:Progress Through Preservation, The Ohio Historical Society
The Glendale Steps were constructed as a WPA project during a time when Akron, especially hard-hit among American cities, was trying to re-bound from massive layoffs in the rubber industry as auto sales plunged during the 1930’s.
This is a little of the information I have found so far. I recently moved into the area and I am intrigued, fascinated and amazed at how they were constructed. As I find more information, I will make it available to all those interested. I intend to get in touch with our local preservation society and share more on “the steps” very soon friends.
Peace and many blessings
John F. Sapp