Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Summer Hours in Effect
The Park is open everday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm until Oct. 31, 2014. Tours begin on the hour at 10 am, 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.
June 9: Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Prehistoric Trade in the Southwest
12:15 pm, free. With Peter Pilles, Archaeologist, Coconino National Forest. Trade has been, and is, a major component of human interactions, both on an individual, as well as for an entire culture. Evidence of exchange characterizes the earliest appearance of humans in the New World. In the Southwest evidence of trade for marine shells from the Pacific Coast are found in Clovis sites dating to 11,000 years ago. Through time, the involvement of prehistoric people in trade increased until exchange networks extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Rio Grande and from Yellowstone to central Mexico. This talk will show the kinds of items that were traded from these areas into the Southwest and will discuss that it was not only the exchange of objects, but the ideas that accompanied them, that makes trade an important stimulus for the growth and development of culture.
June 14: Riordan Days of Summer
11:00 am to 3:00 pm, free. Festivities will include music by the Flagstaff Community Band; classic cars courtesy of the Route 66 Car Club; a performance by the Dancin' Grannies and face painting. The Riordan Action Network will also be hosting a bake sale and a raffle to benefit the Mansion. The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society will be on hand for Irish information, story telling and fortunes. As a special thanks to the community for the incredible support in keeping the Park open, the West Wing of Riordan Mansion will be available for viewing at no additional charge throughout the event. The event is free but donations are appreciated. Guided tours (usual fees) of the Mansion will be given on the hour as usual and reservations are highly recommended.
June 28: Evening Slide Presentation: Community Builders: The Riordan Families of Flagstaff
7 pm, reservations recommended, free. With Kathy Farretta, M.A., Volunteer. As the largest employers in Flagstaff, Matt Riordan and his younger brothers, Tim and Mike, assumed leadership roles in the fledgling community. Together they guided their fellow citizens toward building institutions of learning and science, encouraging community investment in technology and infrastructure, and developing a diverse economy. They sought to create a viable community which would thrive into the future. Today the younger brothers' home remains as the physical evidence of their story. It is preserved as an historic house museum, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, providing an opportunity for future generations to experience a small part of the Riordans' story.
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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.
Educational 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.
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