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Henry Dinwoodey

Henry Dinwoodey, of Salt Lake City, was a very skilled furniture designer and maker; he became Utah's leading pioneer merchant in that field. From Latchford, Cheshire, England, Dinwoodey arrived in Salt Lake City in 1855.

The same year, he opened a carpentry and cabinetmaking business with James Bird on Main Street in Salt Lake City, and by 1858 he was on his own. This entrepreneurial craftsman gradually expanded the operation through the next few years, and on June 18, 1868, the Dinwoodey Furniture Store came into existence.

A new Romanesque revival Dinwoodey Block appeared downtown in 1890; fine furniture and even fine art of other kinds were shown there through the years, well into the latter half of the twentieth century.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah

Henry Dinwoodey, of Salt Lake City, was a very skilled furniture designer and maker; beyond that, he became Utah's leading pioneer merchant in that field. From Latchford, Cheshire, England, Dinwoodey arrived in Salt Lake City in 1855. The same year, he opened a carpentry and cabinetmaking business with James Bird on Main Street (it was known as East Temple Street then) in the city, and by 1858 he was on his own. This entrepreneurial craftsman gradually expanded the operation through the next few years, and on June 18, 1868, the Dinwoodey Furniture Store came into existence. By 1887, Henry Dinwoodey reported the following upon the occasion of what he calculated to be his thirtieth anniversary in the field: “I have now a still increasing business requiring still more room in order to carry it on.“ Then a new Romanesque revival Dinwoodey Block appeared downtown in 1890; fine furniture and even fine art of other kinds were shown there through the years, well into the latter half of the twentieth century.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

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