Saturday, June 23, 2012

Brigham Young's Residences

Date Placed: June 23, 2012
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: GreenJello
Planters: GreenJello and Teancum
Location: 100 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Status: Active

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.

The Beehive House is connected by a suite of rooms to the The Lion House. This suite included Young's offices and his private bedroom where he died in 1877.

Directions: After admiring the beautiful gardens of the Beehive House, you can find a stamp on the west side of the house, near the connector area, under the window sill. Continue wandering west, and turn right between the Lion House and the Church Administration Building. You will start walking towards the Lion House Pantry, but will stop to sit at the first bench on your right. In the middle of the window sill, underneath, is another stamp.

Notes: These are STAMP ONLY letterboxes.

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