Arts and Crafts Architecture

Arizona Architecture

Riordan Mansion State Park is not usually on one's itinerary when traveling the scenic Arizona highways. But it should be, considering it's conveniently situated in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona near the highway leading from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon.

Riordan Mansion was built in 1904 by Timothy and Michael Riordan, owners of a successful logging company. The 13,000 square foot home is actually two separate houses connected by a long billards room. The brothers lived there with their wives, who happened to be sisters. Designed by Charles Whittlesey, who later built the famous Craftsman Style "El Tovar Hotel" at the Grand Canyon (another must-see!), this craftsman mansion used pine, native volcanic rock and stone for its construction. But despite its rugged log cabin appearance, the refined interior will enchant you. Wonderful tulip art glass panels, and the innovative use of photo negatives of native americans as window decorations, are as interesting as they are beautiful. The rooms are authentic and full of the Riordan's belongings, including many outstanding pieces of original Arts and Crafts furniture.

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Photo: Gamble House, 1909, Pasadena, CA. Source: Alexander Vertikoff.