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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

Facilities

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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

Friends Group

Riordan Action Network




Winter Hours in Effect

Winter Hours - November 1 to April 30. The Park is open Thursday through Monday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Tours begin on the hour at 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm.

Reservations are recommended, call (928) 779-4395. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is proudly managed by the Arizona Historical Society with additional support from Northern Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society and Riordan Action Network.


Check out the 3-week series on Riordan Mansion in Arts & Crafts Collector Magazine

The History of Riordan

The History of Riordan

For the next three weeks we're going to be highlighting an under-celebrated gem of the Arts and Crafts Movement -- The Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff, Arizona. This week we'll be focusing on the history of Riordan, followed by the collection of Arts and Crafts decorative objects found within the mansion and we'll round out the series by highlighting the exciting events and projects that are on the Horizon for this architectural masterpiece. Let's dive in, shall we? READ MORE HERE


Park Event Calendar

The grounds around the historic home are beautiful - feel free to stroll, eat your lunch, or watch the ravens and crows in our "Corvid Corner." There is no charge to relax on the grounds.

May 7 - Flagstaff Lecture: Recovering Lost Stories: The Havasupai Photography Project

7pm. Presented by: Steve and Lois Hirst. In the early 1970s Steve and Lois Hirst began researching Havasupai land rights. An unexpected fallout of their work was the discovery of hundreds of long-lost historic photographs in museums and archives. Follow their detective work restoring names and stories to all-but-forgotten subjects after more than a century. Steve and Lois Hirst served with the first contingent of Peace Corps volunteers to Liberia, West Africa. Later they worked for the government in Washington.
In 1967 they began a lifelong relationship with the Havasupai people of the Grand Canyon. During the Hirsts’ years in the canyon, the Havasupai asked them to research and document the case for winning back ancestral land. Steve's award-winning book I Am the Grand Canyon, his novel Lauren Greasewater’s War, and the historic enlargement of the Havasupai Reservation are the outcome of that work.
Steve and his wife now volunteer as interpretive rangers for the US Forest Service in Flagstaff and continue their friendship and work with the Havasupai people.

May 8 - Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

2pm.-3:30pm. A 90 minute guided walk from Riordan Mansion to explore the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company property and the town site of Milton. We will look at the buildings that are left and show historic photos of what was once there.
The tours are recommended for ages twelve and older. Cost $12. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling the Park.

May 9 - Flagstaff Brown Bag Lecture: Matt’s Calendar Book: A Window into the Life of the Eldest Riordan Brother

12:15pm. Presented by Savannah Cook, M.A. student in History, Northern Arizona University
The story of Matt Riordan, the older brother of Tim and Mike Riordan, is one not often told within the story of the Riordan Mansion because he had left Flagstaff by the time it was built. His “Calendar book,” a book put together by his friend Frank Reid which has letters from friends and family expressing their love and admiration for him for each day of the year of 1895, gives us an interesting look at the life Matt had built for himself and his younger brothers in Flagstaff. As part of her Master’s degree, Savannah Cook has digitized and transcribed Matt’s Calendar book and done research on Matt, the many people who contributed to this fascinating artifact, and the local and national context of the 1890s.

June 12 - Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

2pm.-3:30pm. A 90 minute guided walk from Riordan Mansion to explore the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company property and the town site of Milton. We will look at the buildings that are left and show historic photos of what was once there.
The tours are recommended for ages twelve and older. Cost $12. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling the Park.

June 13 - Flagstaff Brown Bag Lecture: The Art of Cameras

12:15pm. Presented by Tom Holtje, Art Teacher, Leupp Public School. Cameras are everywhere! It seems that almost every new electronic device has a camera of one sort or another. However not too long ago, just a generation back, cameras were used for one purpose and one purpose only -- to make a visual record of an event/person/scene. While this single-mindedness is now out of fashion, at one point cameras were a part of our society's fashion sense. In addition to cameras made for use by professional photographers, some cameras were designed to be gimmicky, intricate and extraordinary. Many were made to be noticed, while others were cunningly designed to be indistinguishable from ordinary objects. From the minds of George Eastman to Edwin Land, this collection captures the charm, fun, creativity, and the art of cameras. When was the last time you took a picture with a tuna fish?

June 18 - Flagstaff Event: Riordan Day

11am. – 3pm. Celebrate summer with the Route 66 Car Club, kids activities and the Flagstaff Community Band.

June 18 - Flagstaff Lecture: Fred Harvey

7pm. Presented by Sean Evans, Librarian, NAU Cline Library

July 10 - Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour

2pm.-3:30pm. A 90 minute guided walk from Riordan Mansion to explore the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company property and the town site of Milton. We will look at the buildings that are left and show historic photos of what was once there.
The tours are recommended for ages twelve and older. Cost $12. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling the Park.

July 11 - Flagstaff Brown Bag Lecture:

12:15pm. Presented by Andy Odell. A special Brown Bag Lunch Lecture in Memory of Ken O'Dell

July 23 - Flagstaff Lecture: Route 66

7pm. Presented by Sean Evans, Librarian, NAU Cline Library


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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.

Friends of Riordan Mansion State Historic ParkEducational 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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