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Old Feb 28, 2007, 3:50 PM   #1
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The old Seiberling mansion in Kokomo. Some very famous people have stayed at this place, Henry Ford, and Edison just to name a couple. To learn more click on the link below.

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http://www.howardcountymuseum.org/museum.htm

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Old Feb 28, 2007, 5:17 PM   #3
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An amazing house, Bob. According to the link it cost $50,000 to build. Wonder what it would cost to build today. The link, unfortunately, didn't tell anything about the house's owners...that would have been interesting.

Thanks for sharing those nice shots taken under less than ideal conditions.
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Old Feb 28, 2007, 5:25 PM   #4
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Thank you Walter, I do wish it had been a pretty sunny day today. Here is more info on Monroe Seiberling.

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The Seiberling Mansion construction began in October 1889 and was completed in the Fall of 1891. The house was built for Monroe Seiberling of Akron, Ohio at a cost of $50,000. Seiberling was the founder of the Diamond Plate Glass Company in Kokomo and founder of the Kokomo Strawboard Works. He was also an uncle to Frank Seiberling who founded the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and the Seiberling Tire Company. The architecture of the hole is a mixture of Neo-Jacobean (Queen Anne) and Romanesque Revival styles. It was designed by Arthur Labelle of Marion, Indiana. Interior woodwork consists of: oak, walnut, maple, cherry, mahogany and Indiana tulip poplar. Door Knobs, plates, hinges and window lifts are made of brass in a Moorish design. Because of its historical and architectural significance, the building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of Interior.



Built at the height of the gas boom in Indiana the house was originally heated by natural gas burners in the fireplaces. Light fixtures and furnishings are not original to the home but are from the 1890's era. This was the home to one of the US rubber tire magnates and the beautiful hand carved woodwork throughout the house and the memorabilia contained within made this a very enjoyable visit. It was obvious that in their day, they lived a life of luxury.
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Old Feb 28, 2007, 7:30 PM   #5
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WOW! What a beautiful house!

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Old Feb 28, 2007, 7:35 PM   #6
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Thank you!

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Wonderful house. I would hate to think how much it would cost to build today.
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Thank you NHM! I am sure it would run over a million.

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Old Feb 28, 2007, 8:45 PM   #9
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Great shots and a great old house, Bob. Kudos. It appears that there are several architectural influences in this house. The roof of the tower almost looks Asian or Russian while the arches appear more Greek or Roman.

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Old Feb 28, 2007, 8:53 PM   #10
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Thank you Cal! I'll tell you a little secret, I have lived in this area for over 50 years and just walked in the door to it for the first time today. :roll:

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