Lumber barons Timothy and Michael Riordan had this 40-room mansion constructed in 1904 to house their families. What's ... More
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Lumber barons Timothy and Michael Riordan had this 40-room mansion constructed in 1904 to house their families. What's most interesting about the structure is that the two sides are mirror images, with a huge common area in the center, to provide each family with identical private quarters and a shared living space. The park also includes picnic grounds and a visitors center with exhibits. Guided tours of the mansion and grounds are held at regular times throughout the day.
Reviews for Riordan Mansion State Historic Park: 5
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 11/4/07
This is history at its finest. Two brothers marry two sisters and build a beautiful house. It is truly walking back in history, since it is one of the only historic houses I have ever visited that had all the original furnishing and even clothes, etc. The family was rich and the details show it in the house. The visit tranports you to a different life and times. The family history is incrediable, almost unbelievable.
DO NOT MISS THIS HISTORIC TREASURE! WORTH A SPECIAL TRIP TO SEE...YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY.
FELT THE VERY SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE THAT LIVED THERE, ESPECIALLY THE DAUGHTER THAT DIED.
On my trip to Flagstaff (Arizona, US), i came across this wonderful house built in 1904. This historic house is wonderful example of technology and architecture mixture 100 years ago. I was so surprized by seeing the perfect architecture, and was just carried away by the environment, ambience and its maintenance.
Thanks to Marry (hope i wrote the correct spellings), the Guide for the house, who explained each and everything in the house very nicely.
We stumbled upon this tour after stopping at the visitor's center in Flagstaff and seeing it on a map. We love tours of historic homes and this one did not disappoint us. The tour guides were friendly and very knowledgable. We learned much about the family who lived there in addition to information about the craftman style of buliding and Gustav Stickley. We saw much of the home as it was when it was lived in. It was wonderful, informative and surprising in its details. I wouldn't mind living in a house like it, that's for sure. It was time well spent and well worth a trip.
Going to this grounds is absolutely amazing. The beauty of the architecture and the serenity of the grounds is un-matched in Flagstaff. You can walk through the house on a tour, and then walk the grounds at leisure, and take in all the beauty that surrounds you. You can sit and listen to the birds in the front of the house and imagine riding up in a carridge to this marvelous house in the 1800s. It is well worth your trip to see the beauty of this house and grounds. Spend the day and take a lunch and sit out by the old tennis courts.
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