Akron's oldest Italian club celebrates 90 years, a time capsule finding new life in North Hill

Sep 26, 2015 868

By John Harper


The oldest remaining private Italian club in Akron is celebrating its 90th anniversary on Saturday, no small feat after 11 of its peers shut their doors. On Cuyahoga Falls Avenue in North Hill, near the border of suburban Cuyahoga Falls, the unfussy brick building clings tenderly to Akron's past. Steel letters spelling Carovillese Club shed rust onto the brick below.

Inside is a time capsule: a 1960s Budweiser globe light, complete with Clydesdale horses, hangs from the ceiling. The pink and green subway tiles are original installation. This is a place where desperate immigrants, ravaged and seeking refuge from their war-torn homeland in the 1930s and 1940s, found each other and started to make Akron their home. Family ties were rekindled, work was offered, help was ready and waiting.

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