Howard County Commissioners approved a contract Monday to repair the Howard County Historical Society’s Seiberling Mansion.
The mansion was originally built in 1890 for the Seiberling family during the industrial gas boom in Indiana. Today it serves as a major tourism attraction in Kokomo.
Executive Director of the Howard County Historical Society Dave Broman says they’ve been repairing the roof since before his involvement in 1990.
“It’s reached a point where the freezing and thawing and just wear and tear on the roof has caused a series of leaks that are damaging the interior of the building. It’s a historic property,” Broman says. “It’s on the national register of historic places and we have a real responsibility to maintain it for its historical as well as its architectural significance so we are looking to replace the roof with something that will be as close to the original as possible.”
WATCH: A tour of the Seiberling Mansion in June, 2016:
Part of the project also includes taking care of interior damage, but Broman says the roof is their biggest priority.
“We do know at the very least there’s serious cosmetic damage that has to be repaired.”
Commissioners approved the more than $400,000 contract with Hinshaw Roofing & Sheet Metal for repairs.
The project’s being paid for through a variety of sources, including grants and individual donations from the “Save Our Seiberling” campaign that started last year.
Roof repairs are expected to start in July and be completed by September of 2017.