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Kokomo Rallies To Save Seiberling Mansion In Time For Holidays

Kokomo's Seiberling Mansion is almost ready to reopen for the holidays.

If you need a dose of holiday cheer, put Kokomo’s Seiberling Mansion on your Christmas list.

Event coordinator Peggy Hobson says Christmas time at the Seiberling Mansion is more than a tradition.

“This building represents the heart of Kokomo and Howard County,” Hobson says.

More than 50 volunteers spent two weeks transforming 15 rooms and a grand ballroom into a holiday spectacle.

“The lights are just incredible, the number of them are uncountable. It’s magic to see someone walk through the door and go ohhhh or sigh or little kids that run up to the Santa Clauses that are all over and go, ‘Mommy, it’s Santa!’,” Hobson says.

The ornate mahogany woodwork and Victorian elegance compliments the endless greenery, lights, ornaments and surprises.

“The third floor is magical. It has a train set on it that is moving and whistling and going through little towns, they have Santa up there on the third floor.”

Hobson estimates the historic mansion will host about 700 wide-eyed spectators every night.

“As soon as I get over being tired after doing this for 12 days straight, I will be very excited,” Hobson says.

Just the fact the event is happening is something to celebrate.

A couple years ago, the mansion’s future was uncertain. The roof was in bad shape. It was leaking and causing a lot of damage. Volunteers rallied and raised $400,000 for a new roof.

Howard County Historical Society Trustee President Judy Brown says construction is taking a few weeks longer than expected after workers discovered areas that needed more attention.

“The people who are working on the roof are surprised we don’t have more damage. The roof is 126 years old. This is the original slate roof,” Brown says.

But the project is almost complete and the only thing visitors might notice is that some of the scaffolding is still up around the building. Brown says depending on the weather, the roof should be done within the next two weeks.

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