Pictures, Progress & Presentations

On May 22, restoration work on Hurlbut Mansion began. This first phase of restoration will restore the mansion’s roofing and other critical structural elements, including the front porch, second-story roof sections and the rear-side shed attached to the mansion. Read the Lewiston Tribune’s coverage of the restoration, or watch a prime-time news segment from KLEW News below. Visit our Facebook pageto view many more photos chronicling all the exciting developments. You do NOT need a Facebook account to view photos — but if you “Like” us, you’ll receive updates delivered right to your newsfeed!
And if you’d like to see the project keep going past this phase, what are you waiting for? Get involved!

Exterior Restoration Pictures: Summer 2012

Hurlbut Mansion in early 2012

A view of Hurlbut Mansion in early 2012, before restoration work begins.

Porch before restoration

The building had suffered extensive water damage. How much could be saved?

Groundbreaking Party

A groundbreaking party at the mansion for the start of restoration.


Column Removal

In order to rebuild the porch, the columns are carefully removed.

Cap Removal

One of the plaster, Ionic caps is removed from a column.

Porch Roof Rebuild

Temporary posts have been installed, until the columns can be restored.


Porch Rebuild 16

Contractor Chris Dickamore and LCECP

Rebuilding the Porch Roof

The team from Midland Construction restores the porch roof.

The Rebuilt Porch Roof

The rebuilt porch roof, ready for roofing.


Restoring the Dormers

The dormers all get new crown moulding.

Rebuilding the Bay Window

The crew rebuilds the once-beautiful bay window.

Removing the east fire escape

Both of the mansion's fire escapes have been taken down.


The Mansion's Back Shed

The back shed of the mansion, before restoration.

Removing the Back Shed

The Midland crew dismantles the back shed.

Shed Restored

The shed has been taken back to the original back porch. Look, a door!


Model built of Hurlbut Mansion

Foundation match challenge offered for Hurlbut Mansion project

U.S. Bancorp Foundation supports Hurlbut Mansion project with a grant

Swift Charities supports Hurlbut Mansion project

Idaho Heritage Trust supports Hurlbut Mansion project with a grant

Preservation Idaho designates Hurlbut Mansion a threatened building

Morrison match challenge met, roof restoration to begin May 21

The restoration of Hurlbut Mansion begins

Avista Powers Hurlbut Mansion project with $10,000 grant

Hurlbut Mansion restoration hits the headlines

Community Bank donates $1,000 to Hurlbut Mansion restoration project


Community Presentations, Meetings

Vision for Hurlbut Mansion described at Rotary Club meeting

 Lewiston Orchards Kiwanis hears plan for saving Hurlbut Mansion

National Trust supportive of saving Hurlbut Mansion

Idaho Heritage Trust visits Hurlbut Mansion

Thanks to Daughters of the American Revolution, Beautiful Downtown Lewiston

LCECP ‘rocks the vest’ with the Lewiston Lions Club

Lewis Clark Association of Realtors welcomes Hurlbut Mansion presentation

Thank you, Lewis-Clark Valley Christian Ministerial Association

Hurlbut Mansion project heads to Lewiston Home, Garden & Outdoor Show

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C. Lawrence April 14, 2011 at 1:21 am

How do I find out more about

who Wendell Hurlbut was?

Did he have relatives in Seattle?

Thank you very much for

any information about Wendell Hurlbut.

admin April 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Great questions! The information I have about Wendell Hurlbut comes from Daniel Miller, local historian and author of “Little Patch of Idaho: A History of the Craig Mountain Region” (may be available online). Miller writes: “Wendell Hurlbut was born in Wisconsin in 1859, married Sadie Wellman in 1883 and lived in Duluth, where he was listed in a business directory in 1893 as a real estate agent. He arrived in Lewiston in 1899, probably by train.” Hurlbut established several banks in Lewiston and served as manager of a mining and milling company, and he built a 16-block housing development before building the mansion. Hurlbut’s commercial dreams soon went sour, the high cost of the mansion probably a factor. As Miller notes, the 1910 census finds him in Brooklyn, and the 1930 census finds him renting a house in Spokane, WA. That’s all the information I have before me — census records and genealogy sites may be able to tell you more about Hurlbut’s Seattle connections, if any. It’s a fascinating story, one that probably deserves a longer post. Hope that helps, and thanks for the question!

admin August 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I spoke too soon, apparently. In preparing a page for the website about “Who was Wendell Hurlbut?”, I’ve come across records that show Wendell Hurlbut’s son, Wendell Phillips Hurlbut Jr., did indeed live in the Seattle area. He was a manager at Frederick & Nelson department store, and he lived for a long time in the area. His descendants have since stayed active in the business and cultural life of the region. I’ll detail more of the life and times of the turn-of-the-century Hurlbuts in a separate page for the website soon, including more information about early Lewiston. Stay tuned, and thanks for your question! — Brian