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Summer Hours - May 1 to Oct 31
The Park is open daily from 9:30am. to 5pm. Tours begin on the hour at 10am., 11am., Noon, 1pm., 2pm., 3pm. and 4pm.
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.
ALL SUMMER! - Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour
August 27: Evening Lecture - Mayhem, Death & Destruction on the Movie Set
Popular when released in 1930, the movie The Painted Desert, featured William Boyd and Clark Gable. Unplanned explosions, stampeding cattle, destruction of set equipment and the unfortunate deaths of cast members plauged the production of this movie. Join Arizona Historic Society Curator Joe Meehan as he presents his latest research obsession. This event is free to the public, but does not include tour admission.
September 11: Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Historic Milton Walking Tour
2pm. 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. Does not include regular tour admission to Riordan Mansion.
September 12: History of Coal Mining in the Dzil Yijiin (Black Mesa) Region
12:15pm. Presented by Roberto Nutlouis, Black Mesa Water Coalition
A special Brown Bag in celebration of Colorado River Days, coloradoriverdaysflagstaff.org
Extraction of coal and water on Black Mesa began in the 1960s, devastating the land, air, springs, forced relocation, and compromising the health of the people. Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC) was formed in 2001 to address the major overuse of the Navajo Aquifer (N-Auifer) by the Peabody Coal Company. Since then, BMWC has been a leader in energy justice issues in the Southwest and some of their community-based projects include the Black Mesa Solar Project, the Food Sovereignty Project, and the Navajo Wool Market Improvement Project.
The following evening lectures are part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science. www.scifest.org
October 1: Evening Lecture - Victor And Cosmos Mindeleff: Smithsonian Architects And The Study Of Pueblo Architecture, 1881-1900
7pm. Presented by Dennis Gilpin, PaleoWest Archaeology. In 1881 the Smithsonian Institution sent 21-year-old architect Victor Mindeleff to the Southwest to study Pueblo architecture. For the next 15 years, Victor and his younger brother Cosmos would continue to examine ancient and existing Pueblo architecture in the Southwest. In 1891 Victor would produce a report called A Study of Pueblo Architecture in Tusayan and Cibola (that is, Hopi and Zuni), which was the first professional study of Pueblo architecture, which ranks as one of the classics of anthropological literature, and which still stands as a classic study of Pueblo architecture. Cosmos would build models of more than 20 pueblos and pueblo ruins that would be exhibited at the Smithsonian and at World Fairs and other expositions and would publish studies of the ruins of Canyon de Chelly, Casa Grande, and the Verde Valley, as well as papers on the Hopi Snake Dance, Hopi clan residence patterns, and Navajo hogans. Victor and Cosmos were among the first scholars to explore sites in the Flagstaff area, and were certainly the first to examine the ancient buildings as architecture. The Mindeleffs developed a relationship with the Riordans, which is documented in the Special Collections at the NAU Cline Library.
October 2:Evening Lecture --Eagles and Archaeologists: The Lindberghs' 1929 Southwest Aerial Photographic Survey
7pm. Presented by Erik Berg, Historian. Famous aviator Charles Lindbergh is best known for his pioneering 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean in his airplane, "The Spirit of St. Louis." Few people realize that Charles, and his wife Anne, also played an important role in southwest archaeology. During the summer of 1929, a newlywed Charles and Anne worked with noted southwest archaeologists Alfred Kidder and Earl Morris to conduct the Southwest's first systematic aerial surveys of prehistoric sites and geologic features. Over the space of several weeks, they took over 200 aerial images of landmarks including Chaco Canyon, Canyon del Chelly, Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater. Eighty years later, these remarkable photographs give a rare view of the Colorado Plateau in the 1920s and provide unique insights into a wide range of changes that have occurred in the region since. Award-winning historian and writer Erik Berg tells the exciting tale of the Lindberghs' southwest adventures and discusses the results of a recent project to re-photograph these historic images. The presentation will include many rarely seen images from the Lindbergh survey.
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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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