The Brinton-Dahl Home was constructed in 1885 as a two family residence for Caleb Dilworth Brinton and his younger brother, David Branson Brinton. David's rapidly expanding family occupied the larger west side, while Dilworth and his wife lived in the smaller east portion. It is one of the most attractive farm houses built in the Big Cottonwood area of the Salt Lake Valley, and one of the few which survives. A nephew of the Brintons remembers going to the house to take his Saturday bath because it "was the only place in the neighborhood that had running water." The home was sold to the Dahl Brothers that operated a dairy farm of fifty cows on the land surrounding the home. The milk was cooled in an adobe trough within the milk house, which still stands.
The house was changed from a duplex to a single family home in the 1930’s and this renovation brought period styling back to the building’s interior. A true architectural gem in the middle of more “modern” houses, the unique features like the ridge lines of the complex flared roof, or the intricate gingerbread of wood spindles on the front porch are what Gordon Wood sought to retain in the most recent renovation of this historic home. Original details were kept and restored such as fireplaces, tile work, and pocket doors.
What was considered old is new again, and stands as an iconic piece of historic architecture in Holladay.