Put a sightseeing trip along South Temple Street on your list of fun things to do in Salt Lake City. Perhaps the most prominent mansion on old Brigham Street, as it was once known, is the Kearns mansion. Built in 1902 by a mining magnate and U.S. Senator, Thomas Kearns, the home was comparable in style and quality to eastern mansions like those of the Carnegies and Vanerbilts. It served as the site of many social events for Salt Lake City's elite, where guests would dance to the music of live orchestras. President Theodore Roosevelt dined in the home, as well as many other political and religious dignitaries. In 1937, Jennie Kearns, Thomas Kearns' widow, donated the mansion to the state of Utah, where it continues to be used today as the residence of Utah's governor. Public tours of the interior are provided on a very limited basis; typically in the summer months on the afternoons of Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2:00 and 4:00 PM. However, this schedule is subject to change without much notice. Currently the mansion is undergoing maintenance, so there are no tours available at this time.
To hear stories of the mansion and have a great photo opportunity like the one pictured above, join us on the Salt Lake City Tour or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Tour. Reserve your seats online by visiting www.toursofutah.com.