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“enjoyable visit if interested in historical mansions”

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Ranked #8 of 112 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 September 13, 2009

grounds have short but interesting walking trail; visitor center is in old garage and small but interesting; mansion tour is about one hour; it is interesting and i enjoyed it; further details at arizona state parks website; $5 per person

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Reviewed January 17, 2009

While the Riordan Mansion is only a five-acre park, you are immediately transported into a quieter, simpler, and more noble time by the cool Ponderosa pine trees, the beautiful turn of last century architecture, and the competent and knowledgeable tour guides. We were greeted by a ranger who also happened to be a history major at nearby NAU, and he offered expert knowledge of the Riordan family history and a friendly, fun trip through the mansion. He suggested a great local place for lunch, and he was even able to tell us which hotels in town were out of range of the train whistle. I would recommend Riordan Mansion State Historic Park to anyone with a few hours to spend in Flagstaff.

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Reviewed October 4, 2008

This mansion was built by two brothers in the logging business in Flagstaff. The mansion actually is two separate homes, which are mirror images of one another and are joined by a center game/family room, so that the two families could spend time together. One side has been restored with original furniture and the other side is a museum. The arts and craft style of the mansion is great to behold and we had a very knowledgeable guide who lead us through. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed June 23, 2008

A nice way to spend a little time looking back into the past in a surprisingly wonderful home. If you like antiques and old homes, check out this home (about 13,000 square feet in total). Filled with much of the original furniture it's an amazing home. The guided tour adds a lot to you experience and you will learn about the people whom lived here and some of the fantastic furnishings.

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Reviewed November 5, 2007

I recently visited the Mansion with 4 boys under the age of nine (I am their grandmother) and had a most enjoyable experience. Like the earlier reviewer, I had been to the mansion with two of the boys last year to take a tour, and was discouraged (read: basically refused) by a female ranger from taking my grandsons on the Mansion tour. This time, however, we were welcomed by a friendly and accommodating male ranger (named Tony) who steered us while we waited to a hands-on display of period artifacts, of particular interest to kids. He was our guide through the house, too, and paid thoughtful attention to the boys' questions and observations while honoring the more sophisticated curiosity of the adults. The Riordan Mansion itself is a fascinating slice of Arizona's history and a glimpse into how this eccentric and privileged family lived their daily lives.

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