History of Beehive and Lion Houses, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia. (Links Added)
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After Brigham Young's death, the Young family maintained the homes for several years and then sold them to the LDS Church. While the Beehive House became the official residence for LDS Church presidents, the Lion House became a home economics center for the Latter-day Saint University, which was located on the same block. When the university closed in 1931, both homes were acquired by the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association. The Beehive House was used as a dormitory, while the Lion House became a social center for young women of the church. In the Lion House the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association held classes in such subjects as art and needlework, listened to lecturers including John A. Widtsoe and Joseph Fielding Smith, and rented the rooms for wedding receptions.

Under church direction both buildings were restored - the Beehive House in 1960 and the Lion House in 1968. The Beehive House is now a historic site open for public tours, while the Lion House remains a social center for wedding receptions, group meetings, and birthday parties. Its lower floor, called the "Pantry," operates as a cafeteria.

See: Helen Thackeray, Lion House Recipes (1980); and S. Dilworth Young, The Beehive House (1960).

Ann W. Engar


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