The Howard County Historical Society’s campaign to “Save Our Seiberling” went public in the spring of 2016 and Tom and Judy Sheehan were among the first to accept the offer of a behind-the-scenes tour of the mansion. “When we toured the Seiberling Mansion,” Tom Sheehan said, “and saw the condition of the roof and the interior water damage there was no doubt that help was needed. The Seiberling is an architectural treasure for Howard County and one of the symbols of the early automotive industry. To let this unique historical building continue to deteriorate was not acceptable to us.” He continued, “ The Seiberling Mansion has been and should continue to be a source of pride for all residents and visitors. We hope most see the need as we have!!” 

The Sheehan’s gift of $25,000 to the “Save Our Seiberling” campaign is a significant step toward the goal of a new slate roof for the mansion. The building’s 126-year-old slate roof has been a problem since the county museum moved there in 1972. An assessment by the preservation experts at RATIO Architects called it a “crisis” and said, “The poor condition of the roof poses a major threat to the building’s interior.” 

With work expected to commence this spring, the campaign is shifting into high gear. Weekly or monthly gifts that will add up over the course of time can be pledged at http://hchistory.networkforgood.com .  One-time gifts can be given there as well, or by contacting the historical society at 765-452-4314, info@howardcountymuseum.org, or  1218 W. Sycamore in Kokomo.

About the mansion: The Seiberling is home to the Howard County Museum, as well as a significant tourism attraction for Howard County. It is a Victorian masterpiece, a testament to the Great Indiana Gas Boom era, the former home of several important entrepreneurs, and the original home of Indiana University Kokomo. A community treasure, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its historical and architectural significance. 

Dave Broman 
Howard County Historical Society Executive Director