Winter Hours in Effect
Nov 1 to Apr 30
The Park is open Thursday - Monday from 10:30am. to 5pm.
Tours begin on the hour at 11am., Noon, 1pm., 2pm., 3pm. and 4pm.
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
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.
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.
Read about all the great activities at the mansion HERE.
Nov. 12: Evening Lecture: Prohibition in Flagstaff
7pm. Did you know Prohibition came to Arizona years before it became a national law? Step back in time to this era, when Arizona prohibited the manufacture, sale, transport, import or export of alcoholic beverages. Come learn why Prohibition happened, if it was effective, and whether or not Flagstaff wanted it. Presented by Breann Velasco.
Nov 13: Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Prohibition in the Riordan House
2:30-4pm. A 90 minute guided tour of Riordan Mansion with a focus on Prohibition in Flagstaff and what was happening in the Riordan house. The tours are recommended for ages twelve and older. Cost $15. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling the Park.
Nov 14: Connections & Collections: Ed Ayer, Matt Riordan, and the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition
12:15pm. In Flagstaff, Edward Ayer and Matt Riordan are best known for their successive ownership of our first lumber mill. What is less known is that Ayer and, indirectly, Riordan, provided artifacts for the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition. This presentation demonstrates that connection.
The pertinent artifacts and archives are currently housed in Chicago’s Field Museum. Permission was granted to photograph these objects, hidden from public view, located in the deepest recesses of the museum. The presenters would love to share their discoveries with you. Presented by Margie White and Audrey Tamosiunas, Riordan Mansion Volunteers
December 1 – January 2: Holiday Tours at Riordan Mansion, Flagstaff
Thursdays – Mondays; closed Christmas Day.
The Mansion is festively decorated in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments. Guided tours include glimpses of folklore and traditions of Christmas, both past and present. Reservations are recommended.
December 10: Riordan Mansion Annual Christmas Party and Crafts
9am. Santa will be on hand to visit with children and Mrs. Claus will read Christmas stories. In addition, there will be crafts for the children to make and take home, as well as Christmas music and general good cheer.
Dec 11: Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Holiday Photographers Tour
2:30pm. A 90 minute guided tour of Riordan Mansion with a focus on Holiday Traditions. Guests will be permitted to take photos during this tour.
The tours are recommended for ages twelve and older. Cost $25
Space is limited, so reservations are required. Reservations and information can be obtained by calling the Park.
Dec 12 Kit Carson, The Man and the Myth
12:15pm. Presented by Sandy Sunseri and Chris Glenn, Docents, Museum of Northern Arizona
Kit Carson is both a mythical American hero and a man damned for his round-up of the Navajos. We look at Carson's life in the context of his times, early Indian policies of the United States, and new discussions of his reputation.
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About the Park
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.
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.
Brown Bag Lunch Lectures
On 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
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.)
Timothy and Michael Riordan in 1928.
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.
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.
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