Avid traveler Ammon Cunningham shares his journeys in Utah and beyond with others through blogging — and brings another exciting destination to readers today, the Beehive House. Sitting among the Brigham Young Complex in Salt Lake City, the Beehive House is a former, official residence — one of several — to Brigham Young, an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a result, this home has become a place where individuals visit to feel closer to the LDS Church and this respected former resident.
The home doesn’t retrieve its name, however, from Young or his faith. Rather, the Beehive House was named for the adornment at its top — a sculpture of a beehive that sits on top of the house. Constructed in 1854, the large house was built for Young’s large family. As a polygamist, Young needed a residence that would accommodate everyone. However, only Young’s senior wife briefly shared the Beehive House with him. Another wife later occupied and hosted at the residence with her nine children.
This large home would eventually be occupied by other Young family members until it was sold at auction in 1893 due to mounting debts. The LDS Church later purchased the Beehive House, notes Cunningham, and it was used as additional residences for church presidents until 1920 when it became a boarding home for single women under the LDS Church’s Young Women Mutual Improvement Association. Later restored and preserved, today, it is now a historic house museum honoring and recognizing Young and his family’s 19th century life.