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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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  • Two missionaries gave us a tour but knew little of the history outside of the narrow amount they had been taught. They were more interested in converting than answering our questions.  more »
  • A short tour of this home filled with many tidbits odpf the Mormon story. It will give you a great introduction to Temple Square and Salt Lake City in general.  more »
  • My wife and I came to SLC to sight see and enjoy the history of the area. With that said the Brigham Young Beehive House is worthwhile to see. You can only imagine what this group of people had to dea...  more »
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  • We loved the tour of the Beehive House! The recreation of the original appearance and the genuine furniture/dishes are awesome to see. The detail is incredible. An amazing little piece of history!
  • It's an amazingly​ beautiful building with tons of history. If you're​ checking out all the historical Mormon sights in Salt Lake put this on the list. They should change the name to The Beehive Mansion, it's huge even by todays standards and it was built in the 1850's
  • Touring the Beehive House was very educational. It's fun to learn the history of Utah's first governor and the 2nd Mormon prophet.
  • This is a wonderfully preserved building with original furnishings and fixtures. The guides are very knowledgeable and friendly. It's a must do if you like to learn about history!
  • Wonderful historic place, missionaries offer tours. A must see if you are Mormon.