“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lewiston in Nez Perce County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Kettenbach Building

Kettenbach Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 7, 2018
1. Kettenbach Building Marker
Inscription.  H.C. Kettenbach, Lewiston businessman, built this block in about 1907, probably to replace an earlier Kettenbach building which had housed a pioneer Lewiston newspaper, the Lewiston Teller. Lewiston City Officies occupied the building in its earlier years. There was a large store and room for four smaller business on the ground floor. On the upper floor was the Kettenbach European Hotel. Later, under new management it became the Princess Hotel, one of several bordellos which in the Twenties and Thirties lined Main Street west of 5th.
The building features imported cast iron fronts and oriel, or bay, windows. It is said that during the Twenties the "ladies of the night" draped in the bay windows and smiling at those below attracted potential customers. The city closed the houses of prostitution early in World War II at the insistence of the Navy which had a training unit at the Northern Idaho College of Education, later Lewis-Clark State College.
Erected by Lewiston Historic Preservation Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
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46° 25.285′ N, 117° 1.838′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, Idaho, in Nez Perce County. Marker is on Main Street near 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 Main Street, Lewiston ID 83501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Firsts in Lewiston (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacific Northwest Bell Building (Historic Name) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old City Hall (about 400 feet away); Tsceminicum (about 600 feet away); Means Building (about 600 feet away); Lewiston's Chinese Community (about 600 feet away); Lewis and Clark (about 600 feet away); Site of Luna House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
Kettenbach Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 7, 2018
2. Kettenbach Building and Marker
The marker is at the right corner of the building, above the crosswalk.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Dec. 1, 2023