A native of Illinois, Edward Day Woodruff came to Utah in 1890 from Rock Springs, Wyoming where he had been a surgeon for the Union Pacific Railroad. Settling in Salt Lake City, he became very active in civic affairs and entrepreneurial ventures. President of the Brown, Terry, and Woodruff Company that founded the successful Troy Laundry, Mr. Woodruff was a mason and a member of the commerical Club. Mr. Woodruff hired the prestigious architectural firm of Headlund and Wood to build his family's 11,000 square foot home. The second Renaissance Revival style home, one of the grandest homes on Capitol Hill, was completed in 1906.
Fashioned after an English manor, the living room walls were covered with leather and canvas hand painted by famous local artist, William Culmer. Decorated in the style of the period, the interior featured the finest craftsmanship of the day as well as Tiffany stained glass and Oriental rugs. During the 1970's the house was divided into apartments that were later used for legal offices. In 1998, the Woodruff home became a bed & breakfast.
The McCarthey family purchased the Inn in 2004 and meticulously restored its original loveliness while upgrading guest amenities and adding modern conveniences.