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The Dinsmore Room
When Mr. Dinsmore designed the home he must have had grand plans for these quarters, because they are huge. We won't give you the exact dimensions of the room, but let's just say it manages to dwarf the king-sized, hand-carved, mahogany canopy bed.

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Jeffersonian Walk
No trip to Charlottesville is complete without visits to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and University of Virginia. Stay at the inn built by Jefferson’s Master Builder, and explore his finest works.

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A Piece of History

"James Dinsmore...a more faithful, honest and respectable man I have never known ."
-Thomas Jefferson

The Dinsmore House Inn takes its name from the home's architect and builder, James Dinsmore. Perhaps no other person had as much of a hand in shaping the famous presidential homes of Virginia, and the University of Virginia than Dinsmore. This house is a standing testament to his craftsmanship and legacy.

Born in Northern Ireland about 1771, Dinsmore became a naturalized citizen in Philadelphia on the fifth of June, 1798. His tools, purchased in Philadelphia at Thomas Jefferson's expense, were sent to Monticello, where Dinsmore worked as a master carpenter. In 1809, Dinsmore left Monticello to build Montpelier, the home of then U.S. President James Madison. Meanwhile, British troops had burned the nation's Capitol in 1814, and Jefferson recommended Dinsmore to Benjamin Henry Latrobe, America's first professionally trained architect, for restoration work there.

historic drawingIn subsequent years Dinsmore resided in Charlottesville, living on Main Street and speculating in property along that thoroughfare. From 1817 to 1825 he subdivided thirteen contiguous lots between Tenth and Fourteenth streets. Surviving structures from that period are the Vowles and Livers townhouses. University of Virginia Medical Alumni currently occupy the Vowles house, and the Dinsmore House Inn staff and guests currently occupy the Livers house.

During his time at the University of Virginia Dinsmore was the principal master carpenter for Pavilions III, V, VIII, fourteen dormitories, and together with John Neilson, the Rotunda and Anatomical Theatre.






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