about the park
Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is an Arizona treasure — a remarkable example of Arts and Crafts style architecture featuring a rustic exterior of log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches, and hand-split wooden shingles. The expansive home has forty rooms, over 13,000 square-feet of living area, and servant’s quarters. The Riordan residence was designed by the creator of Grand Canyon’s El Tovar Hotel, Charles Whittlesey.
They have volunteers that give tours every hour through the house. You can roam the grounds but you need a guide to see inside the house. We had a small group of only four. One of our group was a junior ranger and I think our tour guide gave special treatment so the junior could make sure she got her badge. It made for a very interesting tour and it stretched out to one and a half hours. The Riordan family did a lot for the Flagstaff area. They had the first water heater that was connected to their stove. They had central heating. They created the reservoir outside of town and named it after one of the girls, Mary. Their story is very touching, they were rich but they did a lot for the community.