Roof Campaign Progresses02/03/2017
The “Save Our Seiberling” campaign has taken significant steps forward in recent months. Thanks to individual donors and a significant grant from the Community Foundation of Howard County, the goal of a new slate roof for the Seiberling Mansion is moving closer to reality.
The Seiberling is home to the 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 significant community leaders, 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. 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.”
The first major announcement for the roof project came in early 2016 from the Community Foundation, when they committed to a $50,000 matching grant that would double all individual contributions up to the $50,000 cap. Donations met the matching requirement as 2016 came to a close and the historical society has now received the full grant amount. “The Seiberling Mansion has an essential role in the preservation of Howard County’s history,” said Hilda Burns, president of the Community Foundation of Howard County. “Our board members agreed this local treasure must be maintained and awarded a grant toward the repair of the slate roof. With this repair, the Seiberling Mansion can continue to stand proud as a tribute to the ingenuity of Howard County’s citizens.”
The fund-raising committee, led by Steve Daily and Diana Tenbrook, has a goal of $1 million. With work expected to commence this spring, the campaign is shifting into high gear and every donation will make a difference. 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. For information, contact the historical society at 765-452-4314, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1218 W. Sycamore in Kokomo.