Dr. Bob's Home

Dr. Bob's Home Mission Statement Dr. Bob's Home
Founders Foundation

Our primary purpose is to maintain, restore and preserve the property at 855 Ardmore Avenue which was the family home of physician Robert Holbrook Smith, affectionately known as Dr. Bob, one of the founding fathers of Alcoholics Anonymous.

This historic site in Akron, Ohio is the birthplace of this internationally known fellowship, which subsequently became the foundation of numerous other twelve-step programs that are improving the lives of millions. Second, our ongoing mission is to help alcoholics by preserving the atmosphere of acceptance where early members achieved and maintained their sobriety. This prevailing attitude is simply expressed in our greeting, "WELCOME HOME". Third to educate the local community and beyond on how Dr. Bob's home played a part in the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous and the manner in which alcoholics were helped in the early days.


The Four Absolutes


855 Ardmore Ave
Akron, OH

General information

Welcome to Dr. Bob's Home. Many once- hopeless alcoholics, Dr. Bob among them, made their first shaky steps toward recovery in this place. Walking through these rooms, we may reflect on those days in the 1930's and 1940's when the Smiths and their visitors spoke of spiritual matters, and reflected in gratitude, on how dramatically their lives had changed because of them. It was in this house and surrounding neighborhood where the miracle of recovery began for many hundreds of men and women; individuals who went on to spread this welcome message of recovery around the world. Many visitors have spoken of a feeling of oneness with the spirit of AA as soon as they climbed the front steps and crossed the threshold. It is our hope and belief that you will too


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I met my girlfriend in the program and I am originally from Ohio so we came back to visit family and drove to Dr Bob's house to see where it all began...she left as my fiancee 😍
Had to come here for personal reasons
Wonderful experience-2016
Welcome Home ,2016
Very spiritual experience -2016
Very Spiritual experience
Planning a visit September 11-13. Can't wait to come home to a place I've never been in 25 years of sobriety!
Every one is welcome please come join us for a amazing event..
Some day I'm going to visit Dr. Bob's home!