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We welcome you to come “home” to our luxurious Montana Inn, where you will experience a turn of the century Victorian Mansion in full splendor, without sacrificing the modern amenities and comforts you deserve. Our B&B is located less than 2 miles from the University of Montana and Historic Downtown Missoula.

About Gibson Mansion

Privacy at Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast surpasses any other Missoula lodging option and is what you can expect while you relax in our secluded gardens or one of our decadent guest rooms, all with the assistance of your native hosts, Tom and Nancy.

Combine the timeless grace and elegance of the original antique leaded stained glass windows, exquisite parquet floors, and the breathtaking grand oak staircase with the love of hospitality provided by Tom and Nancy for you to experience the ultimate luxury retreat.

Relax and put your feet up in the Library, read the local Missoulian, play a game of chess, or enjoy an interesting conversation with a fellow guest. Highlighting the Parlor is the ornate cast iron fireplace and large leaded, beveled glass windows. Relax by the fire or soak in the southern sun’s rays, a pleasure any time of year.

Innkeepers Tom and Nancy with dog Maggie

In our grand foyer you’ll find a resource of maps, brochures, and hiking trail books to assist in exploring the area. We love to share our intimate insider knowledge of the Missoula area ensuring that you get the most of your stay. We will pinpoint the top things to see and do in Missoula as well as direct you to some of the best restaurants, breweries/wineries, galleries and shopping in the area along with our personal favorite walks/hikes.

If you are in need of some mid-vacation puppy love, Maggie the Mansion’s black lab/Aussie, would love to play fetch and indulge in a belly rub. If you are not a dog lover, Maggie takes no offense and will allow you to enjoy the gardens undisturbed.

We truly want you to feel at home, so the kitchen at our Missoula Montana Inn is open for you to help yourself to a selection of teas, coffee, cold soda and local beer. There is also a snack basket to satisfy those mid-afternoon or evening cravings. Feel free to bring home a sample from one of the many Missoula breweries and keep it cold in our refrigerator, then after a full day of sightseeing enjoy the local flavor in one of the many sitting areas in the gardens.

Our History

Traditionally known as the Peterson Mansion, built and designed by A.J. Gibson in 1903 for Swedish immigrant and early Missoula pharmacist Gustav Peterson. After living in the mansion for 22 years, the Peterson’s sold the property and seemed to fade away in history. If the “walls could talk” you would hear many stories of residents past, including the Sorority Girls of ALPHA CHI OMEGA Sorority, who took residence from the mid 1930’s until 1949.

Missoula carpenter, Ernest Meyer, then transformed the mansion into apartments consisting of 3 studios on the third floor and 2 two bedroom units on the second floor leaving the main floor as a common area for all tenants. Possession changed hands a few more times, and in the early 70’s PHI KAPPA PSI Fraternity took ownership. With numerous “frat parties” the mansion slowly deteriorated and was scheduled to be demolished in 1979 to make way for the new gymnasium at Hellgate High School. Thankfully it was saved from demolition and relocated to its current address and once again inhabited as a private residence. After almost 20 years with limited restoration the owners, while trying to sell, moved out. For 3 years the mansion sat vacant continuing to deteriorate and leaving it in desperate need of love and restoration.

The Renovation

February 27, 2001, Tom and Nancy Malikie became the 13th owners of the sadly neglected Victorian mansion with the vision of opening a luxurious Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Even with serious neglect, the beauty of natural hardwoods and true craftsmanship still shone through. In the initial 3 months of renovations, the Malikie’s worked 15-18 hour days to restore and convert the mansion into a bed and breakfast. In addition to making their own “home”, the process of renovations added 5 1/2 bathrooms offering a private bath for each of the four guest rooms. Tom personally applied 125 gallons of paint to the interior, bringing to life the once stark white walls of the mansion.

June 9, 2001, they opened the doors under the name Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast, in honor of A.J. Gibson one of the most noted architects in Montana’s history. The versatile Montana Architect designed this mansion along with over 150 private and public buildings during the late 19th and early 20th centuries including the Daly Mansion near Hamilton, MT, the Missoula County Courthouse, and Main Hall at the University of Montana.

The Future

This “labor of love” is never ending for the Malikie’s and they continue to research and refine the restoration process. The exterior paint job took a professional crew of 3-6 men, working daily, an exhausting 5 months. The most noticeable change is the gardens and landscape where Tom and Nancy have transformed the overgrown knapweed and dandelion infested grounds to an awe inspiring garden oasis.

Starting the bed and breakfast was Tom’s dream, but Nancy along with their two daughters were also excited to begin this new adventure. Tom, taking on the role as the lead carpenter, began the labor intense process of renovations. Nancy continued to pursue her career in medicine by day and took on the role of assistant carpenter by night. The girls were busy with school and activities, but always helping with meals, decorating ideas and of course, shopping! In August of 2007, Nancy resigned from the medical field and joined Tom as a full-time innkeeper allowing them to “raise the bar” another level. Both girls chose the gardens they helped create to be the setting for their own weddings. Though the girl’s lives have taken them out of the Missoula area, their passion of the family dream continues as at-large consultants in completing the restoration process.

Alpha Chi Omega Sorority from University of Montana
Moving the Gibson House
Gibson Mansion in 2011

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