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Lion House (Salt Lake City)

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Lion House
Lion House - Salt Lake City, Utah - 10 May 2020.jpg
South Temple Street entrance to the Lion House
General information
Address63 East South Temple
Town or citySalt Lake City
CountryUnited States
Estimated completion1856
Design and construction
ArchitectTruman O. Angell

The Lion House is a large residence built in 1856 by Brigham Young, second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1]


Truman O. Angell, Young's brother-in-law, by his first wife Mary Ann Angell, and designer of the Salt Lake City Temple, was also involved in the design of this home.[2] The house got its name from the statue of a lion, sculpted by the craftsman William F. Ward, above the front entrance.[3] Lion of the Lord was a nickname of Young. The design is a Gothic Revival mansion with 20 gables for 20 small bedrooms.[4]

The Lion House
The Lion House

The house is situated at 63 East South Temple, near the corner of South Temple and State Street, just one block east of Temple Square. It is adjacent to Young's other official residence, the Beehive House, to which it is connected by a series of rooms used as offices.

A polygamist, Young ultimately fathered 57 children by more than two dozen wives, and also had many adopted, foster, and stepchildren. He owned residences throughout Salt Lake City and Utah Territory, but many of his wives and children were housed in the Lion House. The house contains large public rooms on the ground floor with bedrooms on the upper floors and was home to as many as 12 of Young's wives, including Eliza R. Snow.

In 1870, the Young Ladies’ Department of the Ladies’ Cooperative Retrenchment Association was founded in the Lion House--now called Young Women.[5] In the 1920s, the Lion House housed the domestic science department of LDS University. In the 1930s, it was operated by the Young Women Mutual Improvement Association of the LDS Church as a social center for study and also for renting of rooms for social events. In 2020, the Lion House and other historic sites on Temple Square were closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]

Current use

Today the bottom floor of the Lion House is a functional, cafeteria-style restaurant called The Lion House Pantry which is open to the public.[7] It is located adjacent to the LDS Church's main headquarters and heavily visited Temple Square. The Lion House is also known for the Original Lion House Rolls and signature recipe created by Head Baker Bill Ellis in 1977.[8] The Lion House retail 'brand' includes rolls, brownie and raspberry muffin baking mixes sold nationally through commercial partner Lehi Roller Mills.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Viorst, Milton. "Salt Lake City: The Founder Is Palpably Present", The New York Times, 26 September 1976. Retrieved on 2 April 2021.
  2. ^ Yusaf, Shundana. "LION HOUSE", SAH Archipedia, Retrieved on 2 April 2021.
  3. ^ Stephenson, Kathy. "At 150, Lion House still as busy as a beehive", The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2006. Retrieved on 2 April 2021.
  4. ^ Williams, Florence. "A House, 10 Wives: Polygamy in Suburbia", The New York Times, 11 December 1997. Retrieved on 2 April 2021.
  5. ^ Lloyd, R. Scott. "“Little-Told History” of Beehive House and Lion House Comes to Life at Symposium", Church News. Retrieved on 2 April 2021.
  6. ^ Noyce, David. "LDS Church closes its downtown Salt Lake City restaurants and more temples worldwide", The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 March 2020. Retrieved on 2 April 2021.
  7. ^ "14 free things to do in Salt Lake City", Lonely Planet, March 2021. Retrieved on 2 April 2021.
  8. ^ Doxey, Jessica. "Recipe of the Month: The Original Lion House Rolls Recipe", Temple Square Blog, 20 November 2018. Retrieved on 2 April 2021.
  9. ^ Haddock, Sharon. "Lion House brand's going national with sale of mixes", Deseret News, 14 January 2010. Retrieved on 2 April 2021.

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