...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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