Riordan Mansion is Closed on Saturday, January 21 Due to Snow
Winter Hours in Effect
The park is open Tue, 12/27 and Wed, 12/28 from 10:30am. to 5pm.
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
Jan. 7 - Evening Lecture: “Swing your ax, you Lumberjacks: An evening with the employees of the A.L. & T.”
7pm. The turn of the 20th century witnessed our little town of Flagstaff, situated in the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world, emerge as a thriving community supported by the lumber business. The Arizona Lumber & Timber Company, perched high on Mars Hill, overlooked the town below where residents set their clocks by its whistle. Two thirds of the town’s population worked at the AL&T, whether in the mill or out among the majestic pines. Join us for a closer look at these hardworking individuals – who they were, what they did, and what life was like in Mill Town. Presented by Amelia Swann
Jan. 8 - Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: The Riordans as Employers
2-3:30pm. By the early 1900s, the Riordan family had established itself as a pillar of the Flagstaff community. The Riordans dedicated their time and resources to numerous endeavors to help foster a thriving frontier town. They also owned the largest lumber mill in the area, the Arizona Lumber & Timber Company, at the height of its productivity. Over their thirty-year tenure, the Riordan’s became the largest employers in Flagstaff, which begs the question, “Who were the Riordans as employers?” This special tour will examine what it was like to work for one of the most prominent families in Flagstaff as we take you through the house that lumber built. The tours are recommended for ages twelve and older. Cost $12
Jan. 9 - Brown Bag Lecture: Christmas in the White House: An Ornament Collection
12:15pm. Every year the White House Historical Society releases a new Christmas ornament which features a story about the White House at Christmastime. There are stories about fires, weddings, Presidents' children, and more. Riordan Mansion Volunteer, Sharon Tewksbury- Bloom has a full collection of these ornaments (1998-2017). She will have the ornaments on display and share some of her favorite stories from the collection.
Feb. 11 - Evening Lecture: Flagstaff Pioneer John Elden- Murder & Mystery – Myth & History
Presented by John Westerlund
7pm. The best-known and perhaps most-visited gravesite in northern Arizona belongs to little Johnny Elden, Jr. His murder in 1887 remains one of the most infamous in Arizona Territorial history. Today, Johnny rests alone in a rock-covered forest grave at the base of the Flagstaff mountain named for his father and family. Johnny was just six years old when he was shot and killed by itinerant mule skinner Bob Roberts in a dispute over water. The murder has haunted Flagstaff for well over a century, nurtured by many articles in the local newspaper. The ghastly crime weighs heavily on gravesite visitors at the base of Elden Mountain where they often leave small toys and plastic flowers next to the gas-pipe cross that rests in concrete on top of the grave of stones. This presentation will look at the story of Flagstaff pioneer John Elden, the violence and prosperity that rolled in with the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad in 1882, the horrible shooting of Elden’s young son Johnny, and the contribution of myth to history.
Feb. 12 - Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: Room by Room
2-3:30pm. Join us for a Stickley furniture tour of Riordan Mansion. Enjoy hearing which were Caroline and Timothy Riordan’s favorite chairs. Hear how the five Stickley Brothers competed and mostly succeeded in a very competitive market. See five very rare pieces with metal inlay embellishment designed by Gustav Stickley’s designer, Harvey Ellis. Prepared and presented by long serving docent, Adrienne Rose. 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.
Feb. 13 - Brown Bag Lecture: In a Better Place: Cemeteries & Gravesites of Grand Canyon
12:15pm. Why is there a cemetery at the South Rim? If John Hance wasn’t the first buried in what was to become the South Rim Cemetery, who was? Was Elsie Reed really murdered by Martin Buggeln in 1924? Who in the small Lee’s Ferry Cemetery was murdered in 1894? Is there someone also buried in the root cellar at Lonely Dell? If William Ashurst was buried near the head of the Bright Angel Trail, where is the grave?
Presenter, Kern Nuttall is a retired pathologist living in Page, Arizona, chosen for the nearby hiking opportunities in Arizona and Utah. His wife, Lucinda “Cindy” Stafford works summers as an interpretive ranger at Glen Canyon.
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.
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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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