Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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This park features the duplex home of Timothy and Michael Riordan, lumber baron brothers who married sisters, Caroline and Elizabeth Metz. The brothers were members of an important Arizona Territorial family who played a role in the development of Flagstaff and northern Arizona and were involved in lumber, railroads, cattle, banking, and politics.

Cooperatively the Riordan brothers built their thirteen thousand square foot mansion in 1904 while Arizona was still a territory. The home consisted of two similar six thousand square foot wings for each family, connected by a large common room.

Charles Whittlesey was the architect for the Riordan homes. He also was the architect for the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon. Architectural similarities between the structures can be found in the massive stone arches at porch corners as well as exterior elements that reflect the surrounding landscape like log planks, wood shingles, and native stone.

Local legend has it that Carolina and Anna Riordan still haunt the premises.

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    Geographic Information

    409 Riordan Rd
    Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    United States

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    35.187403, -111.65949799999999
    Coconino County, Arizona
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    1. Hi. I visited and toured the mansion on Saturday, July 24th. Twice while walking around the gardens around the mansion, I smelled cigar smoke. Very distinctly.

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