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Beehive House, Salt Lake City

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The Beehive House is one of the two official residences of Brigham Young, an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). The Beehive House gets its name from the Beehive sculpture atop the house. It was designed by Young's brother-in-law and architect of the Salt Lake Temple, Truman O. Angell, who later designed Young's other residence, the Lion House.The Beehive house was constructed in 1854, two years before the Lion House. The Lion House is adjacent to the Beehive House, and both homes are one block east of the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square on the street South Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is constructed of adobe and sandstone.Young was a polygamist, and the Beehive House was designed to accommodate him and his wives and his children by them. As Young's family grew, the Lion House was built to accommodate them and became his official residence after its construction. Upon completion of the Lion House 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 a smaller private residence called White House 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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  • Had a pleasant and interesting day touring all the Temple Square sites; for some reason the Mormon church chose this particular tour to really lay on the hard sell, though. For comparison, I'd say the tour of the Tabernacle was 90% interesting history and 10% light proselyting, which was fine. I understand it's a church, that's their job. The Beehive House tour was at least 80% proselyting. The two sisters were laying it on pretty thick with the testifying, and were quick to awkwardly change the subject when anyone asked a question about history. Brigham Young was a controversial guy. Polygamy, colonization and racism are kind of what he's known for. You can't just pretend that stuff never happened when you're giving a tour of the place where it all happened. By half way through, many people in our group were ignoring the guides and just reading the Brigham Young Wikipedia article on their phones.
  • The house is definitly worth to visit! Very beautiful piece from the past. But the visit told by 2 mormon sisters, that had a total lack of knowlegde about the place (not even the year of building!) and didn't show any interest in it made it less enjoyable. They spent more time telling tales about the prophet and their own beliefs... I guess we didn't look interested enough because our visit was shorter than the other group... too bad.
  • Beautiful piece of history, but wish I could have learned more instead of being harassed about converting. When my friend and I politely declined, the sister tour guides became rude and callus. They immediately showed us the door and walked away. Not very welcoming. I appreciate recruitment, but not when it’s unwanted.
  • Went with my Grandmother who use to be a tour guide for the Beehive House just recently. The tour was a little bit of a snoozer because we only went into 3 rooms, and not upstairs at all. The sisters were nice, but they didn't really know anything about the house at all or any history about it. Just kept preaching which was ok, but not what we came for. My Grandma has Dementia, and she can still remember a month later about how disappointed she was in this tour. The LDS Church should restore the tours to what they were back in the 1980's, and get real *trained* tour guides not sister missionaries.
  • This home is filled with Utah history. It was Brigham Youngs home and it is very beautiful inside. There are 2 parlors 1 a beautiful music parlor upstairs and 1 downstairs. It's a must see.
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