Riordan Mansion State Historic Park#7 in Best Things To Do in Flagstaff
In 1904, brothers Michael and Timothy Riordan, members of a prominent Arizona family, commissioned two nearly identical mansions at the summit of Flagstaff's Kinlichi Knoll. Architect Charles Frederick Whittlesey, who is also credited with designing the Grand Canyon's El Tovar Hotel, designed the two homes, which are actually connected by a rendezvous room. Today, visitors can take guided tours of the 13,000-square-foot space to learn about the Riordan (pronounced Rear-don) family and the history of the property.
Recent travelers enjoyed learning about the architecture of the 100-year-old mansions and the history of the Riordan family, who is credited with developing Flagstaff at the turn of the century. Along with the guided tour of the mansions, recent visitors also recommend taking advantage of a self-guided tour of the grounds.
The Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is located a little more than a mile southwest from the center of Flagstaff. Adult admission costs $10, while admission for children from ages 7 to 13 costs $5. Kids ages 6 and younger can enter for free. The park is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the months of May through October. From November to April, the park is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are offered on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the park strongly recommends you call ahead to make reservations. For more information, visit the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park's website.
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