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6 Facts About Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Arizona

#1 Riordan Mansion was designed by Charles Wittlesey.

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He also designed the Grand Canyon’s El Tovar Hotel.

#2 Brothers Michael and Timothy Riordan built the mansion.

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They moved from Chicago to help brother Dennis run a lumber company that often employed the majority of the population of up and coming Flagstaff.

#3 The Riordan brothers strove to make Flagstaff a great place to live!

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They and their wives developed a hospital, a community hotel, brought electricity to the town, and helped establish Northern Arizona University.

#4 The Riordan Mansion is actually two identical homes, connected by one room.

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All in all, there are 40 rooms, about 13,000 square feet of floor space, and a servants quarters.

#5 The Riordan Mansion is a great example of Arts and Crafts style architecture. 

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You’ll find rustic log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches, and hand split wooden shingles.

#6 The Riordan Mansion State Historic Park opened to the public in 1983, but it wasn’t until 2002 that you could explore the entire home.

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The second generation of Riordans donated the home to be used as a museum, so that people can learn about not only the story of the Riordan family, but also Flagstaff.

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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