Located on five acres of land bordering Northern Arizona University, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park offers visitors a beautiful example of Arts and Crafts architecture and a peek into local history.
The Riordan Mansion was built in 1904 by the owners of the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company, Michael and Timothy Riordan. These wealthy brothers had Charles Whittlesey design their 13,000-square-foot home, which included many luxuries for the time, such as hot and cold running water, indoor plumbing, electric lighting and central heat.
The outside of the house suggests luxury as well, as the architecture includes hand-split wooden shingles, log-slab siding and volcanic stone arches. In addition to the servant quarters, the interior of the mansion is composed of 40 rooms and contains notable design elements, such as a light well in the middle of the house, a stair landing with a small chapel, and Tiffany-style glass. The house is filled with handcrafted furnishings by Edison, Ellis, Steinway and Stickley, and includes original artifacts and mementos from the Riordans.
The six-car garage used by the Riordan families is now the Visitors Center for the historical park, but the rooms within the mansion look the same as they did more than 100 years ago. Visitors can take a guided tour through these rooms or a self-guided walk around the grounds. Both stories of the enormous home are open to the public to view and the Visitors Center offers guests a slide show, exhibits, photos and activities for children.
Winter: Thursday-Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer: Thursday-Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tours begin every hour at the top of the hour between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Adult (14+): $10
Youth (7–13): $5
Child (0–6): FREE