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Beehive House, Salt Lake City

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The Beehive House was one of the official residences of Brigham Young, an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The Beehive House gets its name from the beehive sculpture atop the house.Executive Mansion of Brigham YoungThe Beehive house was constructed in 1854, two years before the neighboring Lion House was built (also a residence of Young's). Both homes are one block east of the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square on South Temple street in Salt Lake City, Utah. The home was designed by Young's brother-in-law and architect of the Salt Lake Temple, Truman O. Angell, who also designed the Lion House. It was constructed of adobe and sandstone.Young was a polygamist, and the Beehive House was designed to accommodate his large family. The Lion House also became his official residence as governor of Utah Territory and president of the LDS Church. Upon its completion, Young briefly shared the Beehive House with his senior (and only legally recognized) wife Mary Ann Angell (1803–1882), though she chose to make her home in the White House, a smaller residence on the property. Young's first polygamous wife, Lucy Ann Decker Young (1822–1890), possibly due to her seniority, became hostess of the Beehive House and lived there with her nine children.
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  • Although short, this is a fantastic tour to learn about the history of the Mormons, Brigham Young and the house itself. I had been on a city tour the day before where my guide told me you can simply w...  more »
  • Because Brigham Young is by far one of the most famous and fascinating figures in the history of the European settlement of the valley, you would expect a tour of his own home to provide you with some...  more »
  • The Beehive House is an interesting house owned by Brigham Young, complete with original furnishings and items he owned. The tour is given by Mormon sisters, and while they do a good job pointing out ...  more »
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  • This was one of my favorite visits to salt lake. They have the house set up as it was in its prime with all of the amazing antiques. At the end of the tour they have on display the coat and cane of the prophet. Very cool. As a note, if you’re not interested in learning more about the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this is probably not the best place for you.
  • Cool house, slightly awkward tour guide. They lay the preaching on pretty thick about their religion and what the LDS represents which I guess given their reputation as missionaries is expected. We also missed a room because another group was in there and asked if we could go back since they weren't there anymore, they were quite apprehensive and you could tell they didn't want to which was odd we had to push them a little to take us. Seemed like they were not flexible and pretty strict, but again not unexpected. The tour itself was okay, aside from the preaching they kept throwing in I would have rather just looked around. I suggest asking them about some of the more controversial subjects that Brigham Young was known for if you wanna make it more interesting.
  • I love how the history of salt lake gets preserved and displayed. As this is a location where a former leader of the LDS church lived, I think it adds to the experience that his intellectual and spiritual descendants continue to offer the tour using the same faith promoted by Brigham Young. Great experience, and I plan on returning someday.
  • Interesting place, a little misleading though. In case you just visit this place, you may think Briam Young, famous Mormon Prophet has only one wife. Take at least a brief look to the Lion House, which is a restaurant. Every window there belong according to what I read, the room of a separate wife of the prophet.
  • Wonderful people..learned a lot. Thank you for spending the time with my family
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