JOHN ALFRED HEADLUND
Salt Lake City at the present time is one of the busiest cities in the United States, and the building interests
are contributing more to the welfare and fame of that magnificent city than any other department of progress.
Active in all movements to increase the general prosperity, they have kept pace with the most rapid strides in
their own line, while at the same time participating in the general advancement of the community.
John A. Headlund, one of the most successful architects in Utah, was born in Engelholm, Sweden, May 30, 1863, and
there received his early education in the public and high schools. He came to this country thirty years ago, and
first settled in Kansas City, Missouri, securing employment with the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, doing general
work in the engineering department. He next went to Colorado Springs, Colorado, under employ of Van Brunt &
Howe, architects, as superintendent for said firm. He was also superintendent of the late W. S. Stratton's building
enterprises, and soon won distinction for himself and for his work. In 1889 Mr. Headlund came to Salt Lake City
for a short time and returned. In 1891 he went into the profession of architecture exclusively, and has ever since
been very successful.
He surrounded himself with a competent force of assistants, and has been instrumental in erecting many of the most
important business blocks, private dwellings, and imposing structures of Salt Lake City. His work includes the
McDonald Candy Company's plant, L. & A. Simon Block, First Baptist and Third Presbyterian churches, the Young
Men's Christian Association Building, the remodeling of the Scott Building, the S. B. Milner residence, Dr. E.
H. Woodruff's residence, and others, and most of the large school buildings throughout the county, Park City and
Heber City, and also a school in Idaho. Mr. Headlund has always had a natural inclination for geometrical designing
and carving, and has received instructions from some of the best masters in the world. He began when he was fifteen
years of age, and his natural aptitude has doubtless been the cause of his success. Mr. Headlund was married in
1891, at Colorado Springs, and is the father of three boys, Wallace, Cohn Frazer, and Morris Andrew.
Mr. Headlund is interested in numerous mining companies in Utah and Nevada, also industrial companies in the East
and West. He has never held any political office, and has no aspirations in this connection. Mr. Headlund has built
about four hundred buildings in Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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