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William Staines and William Jennings

 
 
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By Bryan R. Bauer, September 2, 2010
1. William Staines and William Jennings Marker
Inscription.  Two men figure most prominently in the history of Devereaux House.

William Staines was the original occupant of this property. Staines was an English-born horticulturist whose dedication to his "mission to beautify Zion" helped establish the rich landscape tradition which has since characterized Salt Lake City.

A convert to the Mormon faith, Staines, arrived in Salt Lake City in 1847. He acquired the property in 1855 and developed a cottage-style home in the midst of extensive English gardens. He later served as superintendent of Brigham Young's gardens.

William Jennings purchased the property in 1867 and developed the present Devereux House, incorporating Staines' original cottage in the expanded structure.

Jennings was also an English convert to the Mormon church. Arriving in Salt Lake City in 1852, he entered the mercantile business. Taking advantage of the business opportunities of a rapidly-growing regional center, Jennings branched out into freighting and banking, becoming Utah's first millionaire. In 1864 he founded the Eagle Emporium, which was later sold to the Mormon church and became
William Staines and William Jennings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 15, 2019
2. William Staines and William Jennings Marker
the forerunner of the present-day ZCMI department store. In 1882 Jennings was elected Mayor of Salt Lake City, serving one term.

A hospitable and gracious host, Jennings entertained the famous and influential of the day. Devereaux House was the scence of lavish dinners and accommodated such prominent guests as Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes, and General William T. Sherman.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 40° 46.168′ N, 111° 54.049′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on South Temple Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 340 West South Temple Street, Salt Lake City UT 84103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Devereaux House (here, next to this marker); Transcontinental Railroad (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon (approx. ¼ mile away); Westgate Fine Arts Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crane Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morrison-Merrill Lumber Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henderson Block (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Henderson Block (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
 
Regarding William Staines and William Jennings.
Devereaux House image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, September 2, 2010
3. Devereaux House
See the Nearby Marker "Devereaux House" for additional information and history of the house.
 
Devereaux House image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, September 2, 2010
4. Devereaux House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. This page has been viewed 776 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 16, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118.   2. submitted on April 15, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3, 4. submitted on September 16, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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