Sunday, May 18, 2008

Riordan Mansion - Flagstaff

My youngest daughter participated in a wedding this weekend in Munds Park (AZ), so my wife and I took the opportunity to visit the Riorden Mansion and putter around Flagstaff for the afternoon. I don't know what it is about the Riorden Mansion, but I just enjoy visiting the place. For those of you outside of Arizona, the Riorden brothers (along with the Babbits) where predominant family in Northern Arizona in the late 19th and early 20th century. They operated the saw mill in town, which was the largest employer in the area. Along about 1904, they built a 13,000 sq ft mansion near the mill which was large enough for both families. The house is really two nearly identical dwellings with a large common room connecting the houses. It really is a neat place; although now it surrounded by apartments on two sides and Northern Arizona State University on the other two.


It was really nice in Flagstaff on Saturday. Highs near 71F, snow still visiable on the south side of the San Fransciso Peaks, and clear blue skies as far as you could see. Just a fantastic day. In contrast - it hit 105F in Phoenix this afternoon - could have been worse, it was 113F in Yuma this afternoon.


Snow on the San Franciso Peaks ... this is the south side of the mountain as seen from the front of the Riordan Mansion


The east side of the house.

Downtown Flagstaff



Local fauna



I didn't see the bird that built this nest on the window ledge

9 comments:

Deene said...

i've never been to Flagstaff, drover past it a couple of time thought. love the fauna reference!

Dusty said...

The pictures just cooled me off from our 95 day. We just jumped up in temps with no time to adjust to the record heat.

jen said...

Wow, cool place! I've never been to Flagstaff but I hear good things. Nice pics. :)

angie's pink fuzzy said...

i lOVE flag - i'm heading back up in June - will hike humphreys!

Jim said...

Phil . . as always, love the pics. I was in Flagstaff several years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Did not go to the mansion. However, I did go to Sedona . . . so what's so great about red rocks and crystals anyway! Glad to see you're getting back on the road!

J~Mom said...

Great pics Phil!

Ewen said...

Interesting you mentioning the difference in temperature Phil. We had a hell of a time finding a place to stay in Flagstaff as it was "booked out" by people from Phoenix escaping the hot summer.

Great photos. I like the fence around the mansion - plenty of timber available back in those days!

Gotta Run said...

your killing me..... counting the days until vacation time.... we need it :)

Gotta Run said...

ready for your race this weekend??