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“Great history lesson”

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Ranked #10 of 109 things to do in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence
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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 July 9, 2012

This was a very interesting tour of the home as well as the family that use to live there, and the history of the Railroad system implimrnted in Arizona. Very cool. Call for a reservation.

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Cool if you like historic home tours and life in early 1900s. Interesting features in home.

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Reviewed July 7, 2012

We enjoyed the tour, the mansion is interesting, it is a nice adjunct to other local history, but its very focused on the early 1% of Flagstaff life. You can get a more balanced picture of life in Flagstaff at the museum on the road to Snowbowl.

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Approaching the mansion it looks like a lodge in the forest rather than a home to wealthy lumber people from more than a century ago. Constructed of pines taken from the surrounding forest and set in the forest it reminds you of a lodge where folks from another era spent their summers.

Taking the tour is the only way to see inside. Tours are basically given on the hour and the cost is $10. Our docent was, as my spouse said, rather anal about things, probably a good thing in some ways but in others maybe not so much. That aside she passed on a lot of facts and knowledge about the mansion and its inhabitants, the Riordans, and their descendents. The home itself is well worth the time and what remains of the grounds is quite interesting.

All in all spend the $10 and take the tour it is well worth your time and effort.

2  Thank travelertoo2
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

The mansion is a lot of fun to tour, but be sure to pick up the little brochure and take a stroll around outside so you find ll the cool carvings that are hidden around. Our grandkids (preteen and early teen) also enjoyed it. In fact, we have been there three times!

2  Thank Margie A
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