Lewis Clark Hotel

111 Main Street

Lewis Clark Hotel   Built 1921-1922

Built by the Lewis Clark Hotel Company, a group of Lewiston area residents. A five-story, U-shaped, Mission style stucco hotel building designed by Spokane architect Kirtland Cutter, the hotel opened in September 1922 and cost $450,000. The opening of this hotel was greatly anticipated by local residents as they believed it signaled the beginning of prosperity and growth for the area, and a large city celebration drew people from as far as Seattle and Portland. It contained 144 rooms and a large lobby “in the Italian style”, and three dining rooms. 

Before the hotel was constructed, this was the site of the first county courthouse and jail, the Lewiston National Bank, and the Grostein & Binnard general store, which was the city’s first brick building. In 1903, the store was purchased by Joseph Alexander and remained in business until being razed to make way for the new hotel.

Kirtland Cutter

Kirtland Cutter, Architect

Lewis-Clark Hotel circa 1940

Lewis Clark Hotel circa 1940

Cark BergCarl R. Berg, Seattle artist who painted murals in the Victory Room focusing on local animals, Indians, and a canoe with Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea. 

colonnade 1922Colonnade 1922

Cherry 1932Cherry Blossom Festival 1932

06-7-1 Lewis-Clark Hotel, credit NPCHS20200117_113639Architectural Drawings

lewis clark buildingBeginning of Construction


more construction

almost done

christmas party

Christmas Party, date unknown

The Historic Preservation Commission would like to recognize and thank Steven Branting and the Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum for the access to and contributions from their extensive archives for this project. Special thanks go to Commissioner Leah Boots for her countless hours of work to make this project a reality.


         This project is supported in part by the Idaho State Historical Society.