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TWO MANSIONS BUILT SIDE BY SIDE, CONNECTED BY A COMMON ROOM. BUILT BY TWO BROTHERS, BOTH HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FLAGSTAFF AND NORTHERN ARIZONA. WELCOME TO THE UNIQUE HISTORY OF RIORDAN MANSION STATE HISTORIC PARK.
Brothers Timothy and Michael Riordan were part of a prominent Arizona Territory family, involved in lumber, railroads, cattle, banking, and politics. Working together, the brothers built two nearly identical Arts and Crafts style mansions, connected by one large common area for a total of over 13,000 square feet of living area and servants’ quarters. They married two sisters, Caroline and Elizabeth Metz, and each family lived in one of the mansions.
Arizona State Parks received a warranty from the surviving members of the Riordan family, conveying the Riordan homes, most of the contents and five acres of surrounding land for State Park purposes. The state park opened on August 4, 1983.
Guided tours of the mansion are given daily, with a limited size per tour. Make a reservation in advance so you’re sure to get in. Your tour will lead you through this historic home, filled with original artifacts, handcrafted furniture, and personal items belonging to the Riordan family. The first floor of the West Wing, included on the tour, offers displays about the Riordans, the Arts and Crafts movement, and other local information. A visit to the Riordan Mansion is an opportunity to experience a slice of a wealthy lifestyle in a small territorial logging town.
Flagstaff has lots of convenient accommodations, from hotels and motels to resorts. Or you might consider a vacation rental, or even camping. Whichever option you choose, you’ll find a great place to be your home away from home.
Youth (ages 7 – 13): $5/day
Child (6 and under): Free
Winter Hours: November 1 – April 30
Open Thursday – Monday, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Tuesday – Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Tours begin on the hour from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Summer Hours: May 1 – October 31
Open daily, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tours begin on the hour from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
409 W. Riordan Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001