Preservation Assessment of Seiberling Mansion

04/04/2016

The Howard County Historical Society is conducting a preservation assessment of the Seiberling Mansion, thanks to the support of Indiana Landmarks.

Seiberling Mansion is a Victorian brick mansion built by Monroe Seiberling in 1891 during the great Indiana gas boom. He was one of the first entrepreneurs to take advantage of the natural gas field discovered under east central Indiana, starting Diamond Plate Glass Company in Kokomo as well as other manufacturing operations in Jonesboro, Gas City, and Hartford City. The mansion is now home to the Howard County Museum, under the management of the historical society.

Indiana Landmarks has provided a $2500 matching grant to the society for the project, which will involve an in-depth analysis of the structure by specialists in architectural preservation. The assessment will help the society better understand the condition of the mansion, as well as potential future problems, and will provide recommendations and priorities for the society's future maintenance of the structure. One area of particular concern is the mansion's original, 126-year-old, slate roof.

Indiana Landmarks, headquartered in Indianapolis, is a nonprofit organization, working to defend architecturally unique, historically significant, and communally cherished properties. They rescue, rehabilitate, and give them new purpose - helping save the state's shared heritage and bring new life to communities.

RATIO Architects of Indianapolis, well known for their preservation work on properties such as the Benjamin Harrison home, Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, Charley Creek Inn and many others, has been engaged to provide the assessment.