Timothy and Michael Riordan built the Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff in 1904. The Riordan’s were owners of Flagstaff’s logging company and their wives were sisters. The brothers built two large mansions side by side on a 50-acre low grassy hill. The mansion was first called Kinlichi, which is Navajo for red hill.
Charles Whittlesey was the architect for the mansions. Whittlesey later went on to design and construct El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon. The craftsman style of architecture is evident in both homes and in El Tovar.
The mansions used pine, native volcanic rock and stone for its construction. Each of the two story homes includes approximately 5,000 feet and 40 rooms. A single story recreation room or billiard room connects the two homes.
Riordan Mansion opened as a state park in 1983. Tours are offered daily. During the tour, you will see original artifacts, furniture and mementos left by the Riordan Family. The home contains a collection of furnishing from Edison, Stickley, Tiffany and Steinway.
The park has a visitor center and picnic tables. The visitor center offers an exhibit area, informative slide program and a children’s area. Visitors will receive a brochure when embarking on a self-guided tour of the mansion. The brochure describes the mansion and surrounding attractions.
The Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is open every day from 8:00 to 5:00 during May through September with tours at 9:00,10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. During October through April the park is open 12:30 to 5:00 with tours at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. The cost of admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.50 for children under 13.
The park is located at 1300 Riordan Ranch Street in Flagstaff near the northwest part of Northern Arizona University. You can get to the park from Phoenix or Tucson by taking Interstate 17 north out of town toward Flagstaff. Once you junction of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40 continue to head north approximately a half of a mile on Milton Road. Then turn right on Riordan Road and follow the signs to the park.
It is recommended that you call in advance for reservations and allow at least an hour for your visit. The number is 520-779-4395.