[Gardo House] Deed of Conveyance from Daniel H. Wells, Mayor of Salt Lake City, to Brigham Young
Date Published: 1873
Book Id: 9517
Land deed to Brigham Young for parcel of land that is directly south of The Beehive House and south west of Eagle Gate. Young would build the Gardo House (Amelia's Palace) on this lot. Young wanted to build a house for entertaining and receiving guests and dignitaries that traveled great distances to meet him. It was decided that Harriet Amelia Folsom Young, who was allegedly Brigham Young's favorite wife, would serve as official hostess. "Family members agreed that Amelia, who was young, childless, refined, and talented, was the ideal wife to assume such large social responsibilities" - Susan Young Gates.
The Mansion would not be finished in Young's lifetime. When finished, though, it was hailed as one of the finest homes between the Midwest and the West Coast, and became the de facto Church Headquarters for most of the next two decades. Signed and dated by Daniel Wells at foot of document, notarized with seal, and signed by James Jack on reverse.