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Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Ranked #10 of 107 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Got to do this one!”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Have to take the guided tour, this home is amazing to see! they have really taken care of this home and there is so much history there, good for all ages

Visited March 2013
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Elk River, Minnesota
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28 reviews
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“Enjoyable”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

We had a good tour guide who knew alot of information to embellish the tour. Interesting place and architecure especially if you want to know about Flagstaff history. My husband wished the tour included less information on the families and more about the things in the house and the construction of the house. I found it all fascinating. Beautiful arts and crafts.

Visited February 2013
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Death Valley National Park, California
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“Cool Mansion”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

The mansion is unique in design. The guided tour is very informative. I was fascinated by the seperate yet joined living areas.

Visited February 2013
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Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Good Visit”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

The experience that I had at this site was pretty good. The volunteers were chipper and friendly. Hot cider was offered at the visitor center and I was made to feel quite at home.

The tour itself was good, but not great. As a couple of other people mentioned, there was very little to appeal to the senses on the actual tour. There is a collection of items on a table in the visitor center that people are allowed to touch, however there is no interpretation of those items, so to most people they will simply be curiosities.

I don't know much about furniture or the Riordan family, so facts about those things were interesting, but somewhat boring. A few stories were brought out that did help me make the connections, but the big picture was a little lost. Our tour guide also referred to corsets as "instruments of torture". In some cases, I suspect this may have been true, but they were also used for back support and style. Before the days of bras, many ladies would have appreciated the extra support. Also suspect is the idea of a married couple having separate bedrooms so that the lady of the house would have a place to lie down and faint from her constricting corset.

Overall, it is a good place to visit. The site helps put the history of Flagstaff into perspective and into the greater community of the United States. The house itself is beautiful and the grounds, I imagine would be lovely to walk around in in warmer weather.

Visited February 2013
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Calgary
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“Especially for antique furniture lovers”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

This 6000 sq ft "duplex" was built ca 1904 by two wealthy brothers and their wives who were sisters. Now it is a museum.
If you like period furniture (e.g. Harvey Ellis) you will be very impressed, else it's just a large old house.

Visited January 2013
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