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Inn on the Hill, Salt Lake City

History of the Inn on the Hill, Salt Lake City:


A native of Illinois, Edward Day Woodruff arrived in Utah in 1890 via Rock Springs, Wyoming where he had been a surgeon for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did not practice medicine in Utah, instead he became involved in civic affairs and entrepreneurial ventures. He was the President of the Brown, Terry and Woodruff Company who founded the successful Troy Laundry. Edward D. Woodruff was also a Mason and a member of the Commercial Club.


Edward hired the prestigious architectural firm of Headlund and Wood to build the 11,000 square foot home for his family. The building was completed in 1906 in the architectural style of Second Renaissance Revival. It resulted in one of the grandest homes on Capitol Hill. In it’s day, State Street was not graded as it is today and an old pioneer road curved west of the home north to Hillside Avenue therefore the carriage house doors faced west.


The interior was fashioned after an English Manor home. The living room walls were covered with leather three quarters of the way up and the remainder was covered with canvas and hand painted by famous local artist, William Culmer. The house was decorated in the style and craftsmanship of the day to include Tiffany stained glass and oriental rugs. The lower level featured a billiards room for entertaining.


During the 1970’s the house had been divided up into apartments and later used for legal offices. However, in 1998, owners Marla and Dan Oredson lovingly transformed the mansion to a Bed & Breakfast. The Inn has recently been purchased by the McCarthey family, who continue it’s operation as an upscale Bed & Breakfast restored to it’s original grandeur.


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Taken on November 29, 2007