Tuesday, March 06, 2012


The Armstrong Mansion is a beautiful historic home in downtown Salt Lake City, and is listed on the National Historic Register. Once a gesture of love from Francis to his beloved Isabel, the home that holds so many treasured memories is now a romantic bed and breakfast. It is located on the Northwest corner of 700 East and 100 South in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mary Andersen Siddoway
Maid for Isabel Armstrong
The Armstrong Mansion holds a special place in my heart. My Great Grandmother, Mary Andersen Siddoway (right), came to Salt Lake City from Denmark in 1910 at the age of eighteen. She came to Salt Lake City with a friend who was traveling here to visit a brother, and because she liked it so much, she decided to stay. She found a job at The Armstrong Mansion as a maid, and quickly grew to love Francis and Isabel Armstrong. They made her feel as though she were part of their family.

Mary Andersen Siddoway and Frank Siddoway
Met at The Armstrong Mansion where
Frank's aunt, Isabel Siddoway Armstrong,
lived with her husband, Francis Armstrong.
Isabel Siddoway Armstrong, wife of Francis Armstrong, had a nephew named Frank Siddoway that would frequently come to visit. In fact, he was so close to his aunt that he was named after her husband, Francis. Frank ran into Mary more than a few times, and they soon fell in love. They were married at The Armstrong Mansion on October 15th 1919. Their wedding was held in the Mayor's Parlor.
Mayor's Parlor
The place where my Great Grandpa and Great Grandma had their wedding in 1919.
The Armstrong Mansion was built in 1893 by Francis as a wedding present for his beloved Isabel. It was the first home in Salt Lake City to have indoor plumbing and running water. The Armstrongs were known throughout Utah as very welcoming, and had many social gatherings and galas at their home. Francis served two terms as Mayor of Salt Lake City. Read more about the history of The Armstrong Mansion.
Francis Armstrong and Isabel Siddoway Armstrong

My Great Grandmother, Mary Andersen Siddoway, talked frequently of sitting in the attic and peering out the window to watch as the many guests arrived for social events. This room and attic is now known as the February Interlude Room.
Attic room where my Great Grandma would
watch as guests arrive. It is now part of the
February Interlude Room
February Interlude Room

You can read about a surprise birthday party for Isabel Armstrong by her friends in the December 4th, 1915 Deseret News. 
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Deseret News articleDecember 4th 1915
In the early days of the LDS church, early church leaders would often have death threats on their life. Because the Armstrongs were such great friends with the church leaders, they would harbor them from danger in their secret attic room. This room is now called August Retreat, and a secret hideaway with a hot tub exists in that space now. 

Attic hideaway where Brigham Young was often kept safe
Stairs leading to secret hideaway

Isabel Siddoway Armstrong
Isabel was known for her hospitality and cooking, and the kitchen and dining area is properly named Isabel's Dining Room. The parlor and front living area is named the Mayor's Parlor. You can see pictures of Francis and Isabel in the main hallway. 
Isabel's Kitchen
Free tours are available of The Armstrong Mansion every day from 1pm to 3pm. Stop in, take a tour, and feel the magic and memories that are found inside this beloved home.

To travel back in time and spend a magical night at The Armstrong Mansion, you can book your room online, or call (801) 531-1333.
A beautiful room at The Armstrong Mansion
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