The Gibson Mansion

Just a few blocks over from my house in Canon City, Colorado is a huge historic home known as the Gibson Mansion.

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I had the opportunity to tour this majestic home about three years ago for a charity event. We weren’t allowed to take pictures (due to the number of antiques and artwork on display), but lucky for us, the Gibson Mansion is currently for sale so we can drool over the listing photos.

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On the market for $898,000, this home has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and over 7,000 square feet including an indoor swimming pool.

The home was built in 1898 by David E. Gibson, a wealthy lumber baron and businessman.

Stone for the house came from local quarries and labor came from inmates at the Territorial Prison. The home features imported tile from France, hand carved woodwork using oak, mahogany, poplar and maple. The home has three levels and a full finished basement. Meticulous restoration with an eye for period detail was followed during the renovation of this stately mansion. REMARKABLE

from: http://classic.century21.com/realestatelistings/CanonCity-CO-81212-907GreenwoodAve-36126229

historic image from: The Royal Gorge Region Museum and History Center

Built in the Richardson Romanesque style, this grand estate was home to the Gibson family until it was sold in 1941. The indoor pool was added more recently but great care was taken to preserve and continue the architectural integrity by using the same type of stone as the original structure.

[source: If Walls Could Talk - Vignettes of some pre-1900 buildings actively serving Fremont County, (1984) Elinor M. McGinn & Cara D. Fisher, Fremont-Custer Historical Society]

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The current owner also invested in restoring the interior of the mansion and reopened the ballroom on the top floor for occasional public events. I’ve read that they do Victorian-themed costume balls there.

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The interior is a historic home lover’s delight with exquisite woodwork, elaborate stained glass and antique chandeliers.

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Look at this ceiling fresco… just heavenly! There are several in the home.

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The dining room:

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(So that’s where the Mona Lisa ended up!)

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Note the painting of the Gibson Mansion to the right of the fireplace mantle (in the photo above).

The front parlor and staircase with ornate original woodwork:

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Perhaps my most favorite room in the entire house is what I like to refer to as “the fern room”

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If I remember correctly, this lavish white room is actually a bathroom with vintage fixtures.

I couldn’t find a larger picture of it, but there is a 360 degree room shot in the virtual tour that the listing agent posted on-line.

You can take the extensive virtual tour of the Gibson Mansion here and another one here.

I get to drive by this stone beauty everyday when I drop my son off at school. The current owner does an excellent job of keeping up the home both inside and out. I read in the local newspaper that it is a young single guy who currently owns the Gibson Mansion.

Here’s hoping that the Gibson Mansion can find a new generation of owners who will continue the tradition of responsible historic stewardship!

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