This two-story 5-bedroom home makes the immediate statement that “a gentleman lives here.” The impressive entry with stone steps, wrap-around porch, Doric columns, and black dentals was the design on Spokane architect, George Keith. Keith published his home designs in a Keith’s Magazine in Minneapolis before moving west. He also built the Levi and May Hutton house and the Reblet Mansion and other find homes, court houses, and schools in Eastern Washington. As far as we have found, the Hamilton house is the only extant George Keith building in Idaho.
Is Worthy of Preservation
• Built in 1908 by renowned Spokane Architect, George Keith, who designed many of Spokane’s fine homes including the May Arkwright Hutton home.
• This spacious home exists in its original beauty with the finest woods, windows, and other material that could be found in the early 1900s. The porch and interior balisters are “bottle” design. An arched fireplace is balanced with an arch over the solid wood stairs leading up to the bedrooms. The large bay window is the perfect setting for a grand piano The architectural elements help define the history of Cd’A as a young city.
• Important residents in the history of Coeur d’Alene
o Boyd Hamilton, 2nd Mayor of Cd’A and banker of Cd’A Bank and Trust, and his wife Alta Browne Hamilton, whose father was Spokane Empire Builder, J.J. Browne. As a city father, Hamilton ensured Cd’A had modern facilities.
o Idaho Supreme Court Judge and Kootenai County District Court Judge, William McNaughton, lived here from 1916-1930.
o Internationally renowned pianist, Dean Elder, spent many hours on the piano in the home of his parents, Paul and Sadie Elder (1935-1940).
o William and Agnes Hawkins made this stately home their residence from 1940-1975. Many people from Cd’A remember the Hawkins family for their community involvement and generosity. William Hawkins was an attorney, prosecutor, and prominent civic leader. Agnes was a trained in voice and sang soprano at various venues.
• The location of this home is on the edge of a historic neighborhood and as such it helps to set apart and provide a welcoming entrance to the tree-lined street.
• Coeur d’Alene has very few of its grand old homes remaining. Losing it would be a loss for the entire community. The pressure from developers to demolish this home is great.