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Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Ranked #9 of 108 things to do in Flagstaff
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Owner description: Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is an Arizona treasure — a remarkable example of Arts and Crafts style architecture featuring a rustic exterior of log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches, and hand-split wooden shingles. The expansive home has forty rooms, over 13,000 square-feet of living area, and servants' quarters. The Riordan residence was designed by the creator of Grand Canyon's El Tovar Hotel, Charles Whittlesey.
Reviewed December 29, 2011

...this place fits the bill. Maybe I'm a mansion tour snob, but this place was just ok. The tour was recommended to us by someone from the Museum of Northern Arizona. I'm from a town with a local mansion and have been to others around, so I thought it would be something that my 70 year old mother would enjoy.

Tours are on the hour and the house is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Very important information in case you are not aware of this fact already.

The tour guides were very knowledgeable, but they seemed to be really into having you make a reservation in advance (I was asked twice about this). There were 5 of us on our tour and none of us had an advance reservation. They made it very clear that there would be no leaning, but were happy to accommodate my mother who has trouble walking with a couple of options (we elected to have a walker). They also stated that they can't afford to heat the building, so it was very cold inside even though it was 50 degrees outside. Admission is $7.

A fine display of craftsman architecture. I thought it was sad that you couldn't take pictures in the "restored" end of the house. You can take pictures in the other side of the house where they have exhibits set up about the local timber industry of the time. The tour guide indicated that the building looked similar to the El Torvar Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park, but once we saw the El Tovar, I didn't really see the resemblance except in the color and wood paneling. The grounds were very nice and worth a walk around. The brochure also said something about a Pioneer Museum...I didn't see anything, but it was winter, so maybe this is the grounds and it was covered in snow.
Worth the trip, one time around, but I definitely wouldn't make it a priority.

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Reviewed December 19, 2011

The tour guides were fantastic in really telling the story of the house, the family, and Flagstaff in that era. I can't believe we didn't do this sooner. THIS IS A MUST ON MY TO-DO LIST!!!!

Thank Stacy B
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

We were pleasantly surprised by this tour that featured this historic home with original furnishings. Our tour guide gave us considerable information about the family. The tour took the most part of an hour. Recommend to all.

Thank VanIslander12
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

The mansion is quite nice for the time with a lot of amazing features and original appliances and fixtures. The mansion housed two families and one house mirrored the other which also has a main common area that was used for entertainment. It's well worth checking out. It was donated by one of the descendants of the original Riordan family.

Thank jrbruchh
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

Our tour guide for the Riordan Mansion was knowledgeable and friendly and knew all the answers to our group questions. We had the opportunity to see a home with distinctive architecture with the original furnishings of the period.

The entry to the tour is a gift shop which has some furniture and household equipment from the time period. This building was actually their drive-through garage!

This home was built for two brothers and their family. The layout of the two homes is almost identical. The first house you visit has full furnishings in all the rooms of the house (which you do visit). Unfortunately, you are not able to take pictures in this home. You CAN take pictures in the other home, but it is not actually set up as a home, more of a museum.

We really enjoyed the Riordan Mansion tour. Our guide was phenomenal and made the house, the family and the history of the area and time period come to life.

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