Home of American industrialist who shaped the W. Valley to become spot for events, history

Statue of Paul W. Litchfield standing in Akron, Ohio at the headquarters of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. / Wikipedia

By Laura Gómez | Arizona Republic

The home of a Goodyear tire executive who helped put the West Valley on the map is slated to become a destination, with plans to turn the 93-year-old estate into a museum and event space.

Paul Litchfield, who led Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in the early half of the 20th century, spent his winter months at La Loma Homestead. He built the Spanish Southwestern-style home on a hill northwest of Camelback and Litchfield roads.

The Litchfield Park Historical Society is leading the project, which is still in its conceptual design stage and is expected to cost about $3 million.

The group has secured $1 million from relatives of Litchfield, said Judy Cook, a Litchfield Park Historical Society board member.

Fundraising for the Paul Litchfield Heritage Center will begin by the end of the year.

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