The Lion House was a home of President Brigham Young, who was often referred to as the Lion of the Lord. This two-story, multi gabled home was built between 1855 and 1856 as an additional residence for President Young and his large family. Brigham Young passed away in a main floor room on August 29, 1877.
The Lion House and early Church ofﬁce buildings stand immediately east of the Church Administration Building.
Inside the Lion House
Daughters of Utah Pioneers
Young men sat in the front parlor of the Lion House and waited for their dates to come downstairs. The earliest Young Women’s program of the Church was organized here.
Kathie and W. Jeffrey Marsh
Guarding the home, the original lion from which the Lion House derives its name was sculpted by William Ward.
L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University
Brigham Young’s ten oldest daughters were known affectionally as “The Big Ten.” They formed the original Retrenchment Society.
So, on November 28, 1869, seven months after the arrival of the railroad, President Young met with his daughters in the front parlor of the Lion House. “We are about to organize a Retrenchment Association,” he explained to them, “which I want you all to join, and I want you to vote to retrench in your dress, in your tables, in your speech, wherein you have been guilty of silly, extravagant speeches and light-mindedness of thought. Retrench in everything that is bad and worthless, and improve in everything that is good and beautiful.”
Today that organization has grown into the Young Women program membership numbering hundreds of thousands, whose leaders do their best to instill dignity and high standards in young women throughout the world. Brigham Young once counseled women to “study order and cleanliness in your various occupations. Adorn your city and neighborhood. Make your homes lovely, and adorn your hearts with the grace of God.”
David M. Whitchurch
Brigham Young used a bell to summon family members to meals. The bell is now on display in the Lion House and suggests the importance of family cooperation and togetherness around the dinner table.