Restoration of the Lewiston Hurlbut mansion is underway

Restoration of the Lewiston Hurlbut mansion is underway
LEWISTON, ID - A historic building in the City of Lewiston has undergone a much-needed makeover, ensuring a brighter future for the local landmark.

"It's started, and now we just have to keep it moving," said Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program Executive Director Dorlan Hergesheimer.

The first phase of revitalization is nearing an end for the Hurlbut Mansion, as work crews finish laying the final shingles across it's roof.

"I'm hopeful that this first step will show that it's a project underway, that serious progress has been made, and that this is a project that has a direction," said Hergesheimer.

Crews began revitalizing the Hurlbut Mansion in May. So far, they've stabilized the roof and tore down the original pillars. An additional shed, that was later added to the mansion, has also been torn out.

"We've stabilized the building and saved the building, and now it's about moving forward from there," said Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program Support Coordinator Brian Keenan.

Originally re-roofing the mansion was anticipated to cost $125,000. Fortunately, the Lewis Clark Valley Early Childhood Program was able to fund the entire first phase of the project for much less, totaling below $75,000. The program is now working toward raising money for the next phases for the project.

"What we really need is support from the everyday kind of people," said Hergesheimer. "People on the street here in town that really value this building and the history of Lewiston and Clarkston."

"Over the course of the next year, we want to try and build our funds back up so that we can put the columns back up, work on the porch and put the windows in, said Keenan.

Stabilizing the building and re-roofing the structure will buy time for the program to raise more money to prepare for further advancements to the building.

"We'll have an intact building, where in the future we can go inside and we can do things like put in the electricity, put in the plumbing, we can start working again to put the columns back up, said Keenan. "Those are all things you can't do if you have a leaky roof."

Although no dates have been set for the finalization of the project, the program says the restoration of the building will be well worth the wait.

"It will be like walking inside a piece of history, but one that the whole community can use," said Keenan.

If you would like to make a donation towards the beautification of the Hurlbut Mansion visit their website at www.hurlbutmansion.com.