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Riordan Mansion Locator Map

Elevation 6,900 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(928) 779-4395
Riordan Mansion SHP
409 West Riordan Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Nearest Services: 1 mile

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Park's Speed Code: 4235#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Adult (14+): $10.00
Youth (7–13): $5.00
Child (0–6): FREE

Fee Schedule

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Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Fall/Winter Hours in Effect

The Park is open Thursday through Monday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. The park is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tours start at the top of the hour at 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. Reservations are recommended, call (928) 779-4395.

April 14: Brown Bag Lunch Lectures: Riordan Readings: Tim's Letters (Part Two: "Yours in Haste")

12:15 pm. Free! Shared by Richard Patton, Riordan Mansion State Park Volunteer. An exploration of Timothy Riordan's doings as revealed by select letters from the period of time bracketing his and Caroline's wedding in 1889. Thrill to the exploits of Tim buying a ring, writing an apology, and gaining weight. And how exactly does the Arizona Central Railway figure into this story? Learn all this and more in the latest installment of this continuing series of Brown Bag Lunch Lectures!


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About the Park

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Step back in time and experience a great example of Arts and Crafts style architecture at Riordan Mansion.

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 servant's quarters. The Riordan residence was designed by the creator of Grand Canyon's El Tovar Hotel, Charles Whittlesey.

Mansion Tours

Guided tours of the Mansion given daily, at the top of the hour. During Winter, tours begin at 11 am. Tour size is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Reservations are made by calling the Park at (928) 779-4395. Your guide will lead you through a pristine historic home filled with original artifacts, handcrafted furniture, and personal mementos of the Riordan families. The impressive home contains an exceptional collection of Craftsman furnishings with appointments by Edison, Stickley, Ellis, and Steinway. The first floor of the West Wing is included as part of the tour and provides displays about the family, the Arts and Crafts movement, and other local interests.

 
Park Calendar

 

Brown Bag Lunch Lectures

Brown Bag Lunch LectureOn the 2nd Monday of each month at 12:15 pm we present a different lecture as part of our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Stop by with lunch for an interesting presentation. Read complete descriptions on the calendar of events page. (Look for the Brown Bag Lunch symbol.)

Evening Slide Presentation Series

Evening Slide Presentation Series Our evening Slide Presentation Series presents a wide ranging of topics. Presentations are held at 7 pm. Programs are free but reservations are recommended due to limited availability. Please call (928) 779-4395. Read complete descriptions on the calendar of events page. (Look for the Slide symbol.)

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Timothy and Michael Riordan in 1928.

The Families

Timothy and Michael Riordan were prominent pioneer Flagstaff businessmen who developed a successful logging business, the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company. Moreover, the two brothers were known for their contributions which were essential to the development of the social and economic structure of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona. Tim and Mike married the Metz sisters, Caroline and Elizabeth. The women were cousins of the Babbitt brothers, another influential Flagstaff family. Tim and Caroline had two daughters; Mike and Elizabeth had six children. The two close-knit families built a large mansion comprised of two separate homes connected by a common area known as the billiard room.

Educational Curriculum: A Family and a Forest (Grades 3 through 6)

A Family and a Forest is a curriculum for 3 – 6 grade correlated with the Arizona State Education Standards for science, social studies and mathematics. The program includes activities to use in the classroom prior to your visit along with follow-up activities. The goal of the curriculum is to present information on the logging industry in Flagstaff, Arizona and how this industry provided wealth to the community and support for the families that relied upon that industry for their livelihood. It also presents information on the concerns of land use and conservation of the natural resources that provided that livelihood. Through the Riordan family history we learn about life one hundred years ago and relate that to our lives today.

Download A Family and a Forest Education Program Curriculum (PDF Document 2.2 MB PDF)


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