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Brigham Young's home
The Beehive house has been preserved, restored and provides a great look at the way the most important man in the Territory of Utah lived. It is a wonderfully simple design, call it frontier grand.
It was built in 1854, about 7 years after Brigham Young had first led the pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley. They had started from scratch, needing to irrigate the land to plant the crops to feed themselves. After the food was more secure they began to build homes and a city.
All the materials to build the house would have been provided by the canyons in the valley or came across the 2000 miles of plains in ox-led wagons. In the home and adjoining office Brigham Young took charge of his large family and the duties of President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and Governor of the Territory of Utah. It seems to be a comfortable home, with hall entry and steps leading upstairs with a window for the children to look through to see the guests arriving, to large rooms for gathering of the family or city leaders, a well appointed kitchen, while land in the back would initially have provided table food.
It is called the Beehive house due to the large Beehive on top. Brigham Young used the symbol of the beehive to good effect in encouraging his followers to be busy, industrious and work together in all they did.
Tours complimentary. Open daily 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (last tour begins at 8:15 p.m.)
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Brigham Young: busy as a bee
When it comes to Mormons, there is none more famous than Brigham Young. It's one of those names that almost doesn't seem like a person, but a thing, a thing you know well but not really sure why. Is it the University or its football team? Maybe, but they're both named after him too. He's pretty much the man that catapulted this whole damn thing into the 20th century and his legend lives on here at The Beehive House where he lived with his many wives and children with each. Just in case you thought the place was a bit big, it was not nearly big enough to house his 16 wives and 57 children! He also had the Lion House next door as well as several other residences. It's no wonder he was such an industrious man with so many mouths to feed.
The Beehive House was built in 1854 and was the home of several presidents of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, the most famous of which was none other than Brigham Young. “The American Moses,” as he came to be known worked tirelessly bringing civilization to the dry harsh conditions of Utah. Whether one agrees with the tenets of his religion, few would refute his industrious hard-working nature. Appropriately, a beehive adorns the roof of its namesake house. Busy as a bee as they say, but contrastingly with bees, there is only one queen and many workers.
Tours of the house last about 30 minutes and are free, taking in many rooms that are beautifully furnished of the period. The person who greeted us was quite interesting, an old time Mormon. Unfortunately the tour was performed by one of the more typical imported from around the world devotees that seem to permeate the town and merely spew out a repetitious memorized monologue as they practice their English. Hey, can't complain, it's free.
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This was this beautiful house was built in 1854 and was the home of Brigham Young the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and governor of the Utah Territory. Each room is still as stunning as it was back when the home sang with happy voices and the sound of little feet milling about. They offer a 30 minute tour that takes you pretty much from room to room. I was impressed with the tour guides and their knowlege and passion for their faith. What I didn't know is that many of the main homes(Primary) had a little store in it and this was to provide the other families members homes with goods they needed. It was just so interesting.
The Beehive House also served as his office, and reception area for official visitors. At the time the house was built, he was both president of the LDS Church and Utha's territorial governor. The Beehive House was designed by Young's brother-in-law, Truman O. Angell. Angell was also the architect for the Lion House and the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Built of stuccoed adobe, the Beehive House features a two-story veranda, an observatory, and a cupola topped with a beehive. Young's son added a three-story wing to the north when he remodeled the house in 1888. In the early 1960's the LDS Church restored the Beehive House to resemble its 1888 appearance.
Open: Monday through Saturday 9 A.M. to 9 P.M.
Free guided tours begin every 10 minutes.
Admission is free
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Beehive House c 1854
The namesake Beehive, signifying industry sits on top of the house. Later the beehive became Utah's state emblem. Truman O. Angell, Brigham Young's brother-in-law and architect of the temple, was also architect of Beehive House which was built of adobe and sandstone taken from City Creek Canyon. Young loved New England architecture and used the widows walk to keep an eye on the desert.
The Beehive House served as the executive mansion of the Territory of Utah from 1852 to 1855 and was Brigham Young's official residence where he entertained important guests. Brigham Young was the second president of the Mormon church. The Young family kept the house for several years after Brigham Young's death and then they sold it to the Church.
It was also the residence of Lorenzo Snow, LDS Church president from 1898 to 1901, and Joseph F. Smith, president from 1901 to 1918, both of whom died there
Beehive House was restored by the church in 1960 and is now open to the public. It is decorated with period furniture. Guided 30 minute tours are available.
I have not been in the house on any visit, although it is FREE.
Hours Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm (until 6:30pm in summer); Sun 10am-1pm; closes at 1pm on all holidays
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