The former Patrick J. and Lydia Hester house is one of nine houses built as part of the Blanchard Heights development around 1905. Its massive fenestration and detail exhibit the transitional character of the Colonial Revival style, sometimes referred to as “free classic,” in which the asymmetry of the Queen Anne aesthetic and elements are integrated. The Hester house faces north and is located on a steep hill overlooking Lewiston and the Clearwater River. Six men promoted Blanchard Heights, the most prominent being Wendell P. Hurlbut. He was president of Commercial Trust Company, a local bank, which owned much of the property surrounding the development.
Hester House (Unity Church) Lewiston, Nez Perce County