Friday, June 20, 2014

Kokomo Opalescent Glass, Cook McDougals, & the Seiberling Mansion

Wow, that's a mouthful for a blog title, isn't it! My friend, Anita, and I had an interesting jam-packed day with Lois, the lady we met at the Kokomo tea in May. We had such a great time with Lois at the tea that she thought Anita and I would enjoy seeing more of Kokomo, Indiana!

We met at 9:30 AM at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass factory for a tour. We didn't know that the rest of the day would build upon seeing the beautiful glass that was hand made there.

Some creations made out of Kokomo Opalescent Glass for sale in the OP Shop

Kokomo Opalescent Glass has an interesting history dating back to 1886 when glass chemist Charles Henry had a vision during the Gas Boom era for making sheet glass. Today it is the oldest continuously operating manufacturer of decorative art glass products in North America.

We walked through the furnace room where we saw employees making glass. It was extremely warm in there as the furnace is 2500 degrees Fahrenheit.

I took a video of the process because it was really interesting to see!


We saw tubs filled with pieces of glass. There are thousands of color combinations that are made in the factory.

 Of course, I spotted some lovely green glass (you know how much I love green) .

We visited the Hot Glass Studio and watched their master blower at work.

These are some pieces that have just been completed and waiting to be displayed in the showroom.

We saw sheets of glass that can be transformed into beautiful works of art.

Isn't this pretty? Does this remind you of salt water taffy or sea shells?

We were given a demonstration on how glass beads are made.

Anita and I enjoyed shopping afterwards at the OP Shop.

Here are some of the beautiful pieces we saw.

Classes such as stained glass, bead making, shadow art and glass blowing are offered, which I think would be great fun!

After the tour, we were ready for a delicious lunch. Lois took us to Cook McDoogal's Irish Pub located on the Kokomo downtown square. 

Guess what we saw there? Decorative glass from Kokomo Opalescent Glass! I imagine the glass is plentiful all around the town of Kokomo.

Here is one of their seating areas.

And finally, after lunch we toured the Seiberling Mansion. Oh, what a treat that was!

Anita and Lois approaching the Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo, Indiana

The Seiberling Mansion is an impressive Victorian home built during the Gas Boom by industrialist Monroe Seiberling. The mansion is now managed by the Howard County Historical Society and is home to the county museum. Lois pointed out the unusual rounded brick columns and the horse hooks that are still intact where they used to park the carriages.

There is a peaceful garden on the side of the house.

Now for a tour of the mansion. There's OP glass again!

This is the child's room upstairs.

The ceiling had clouds painted with little angels.

This concrete angel sleeps on the front porch of the Seiberling Mansion. I slept like an angel that night.

Here is the Seiberling Mansion in the olden days and in modern times during the holidays.

It was a fun-filled day with Anita and Lois and we brainstormed ideas of interesting things to do for the future!

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  1. What a fun and very interesting trip Patty! I would love to see both places, the glass factory was definitely interesting and I'm in love with that mansion! I can just imagine what it was like back then, with so much elegance and class!

  2. Patty, I should be ashamed. I have lived 20 miles south of Kokomo, worked there 30 years. I have never been to the mansion or the glass place. After seeing what you did, I will be thinking of going there now. Glad you enjoyed yourself. Blessings for a great weekend, xoxo,Susie

  3. What a fun thing to see! Such beautiful pieces! Thanks for sharing!!
    xo Kris

  4. Patty that's a fantastic mansion and lovely glass. I used to do leaded glass millions of years ago, but now would love to learn how to do hand blown glass. I live north of Seattle where there are some amazing weekend workshops and I could do just that. As a matter of fact, that's the home of Dale Chihuly, and I love his work. funny story, I seldom catch Chihuly in Seattle, but always spend my birthday at RBG Kew in London, and one year I saw so much beautiful Chihuly glass installed in Kew it was breathtaking! Anyway, lovely to discover these fantastic places. Hope you have a lovely weekend. :)

  5. Look at those old readers.....I'm SO in love with the old books. And the glass making is fascinating. I would love the colorful marbles. What a fun visit! Hugs, Diane

  6. I enjoyed this post so much. Wonderful tours, Patty! I was scheduled to take a road trip today to the Huntsville Museum of Art and my friend bailed on me. *sadface*

  7. Magnificent really doesn't describe the mansion. Every room so beautiful and each furniture piece a work of art. I love touring buildings with so much history.l

  8. How fun to see this many awesome things with friends.

  9. fascinating post. Loved all the pictures and the details!!! Happy Pink Saturday!

  10. What a fun and interesting post. It always amazes me how things of beauty are made. Thanks for sharing.


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