The Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, AZ

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Last winter we spent some time around Phoenix, AZ.  One of our day trips was to the Wrigley Mansion.  It sits on the top of a hill with views of Phoenix to the south.  Begun in 1930 by William Wrigley Jr (of the chewing gum company), it was a gift to his wife for their 50th wedding anniversary.

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At a cost of $1.2 million, it is Spanish Colonial with 24 rooms, 12 bathrooms and over 16,000 sq. feet!

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They needed a full time phone operator!

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The ballroom has a wonderful ceiling.

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A popular feature at the Wrigley Mansion is the player piano.  Wrigley had George Gershwin record songs for this Steinway piano.  They play a bit from Rhapsody in Blue for the tours.

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You can hear it here.

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Upstairs to the bedrooms and baths…

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Much of the extensive tile work was shipped to Phoenix from Wrigley’s own factory in Catalina and then hauled by mules to the building site.

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I couldn’t get enough of the extraordinary ceiling in the foyer.

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DSC00522 C (399x600)  A small dining room.

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And a large dining room.

And a glamorous ladies room.

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The Wrigleys used this, the smallest of their houses, for only a few weeks a year.  Wrigley died in 1932, shortly after its completion.

The Wrigley family sold the house in 1973.  It changed hands several times and in 1992 the city of Phoenix was planning to tear it down to make room for condos.  Geordie Hormel (whose grandfather was the founder of Hormel Foods) and his wife, Jamie, fell in love with the mansion, bought it, and restored it.  It is available for meetings, conventions, weddings and other functions.  It is also home to Geordie’s Steak restaurant.

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Jamie’s Wine Bar opened in 2016 in the re-designed library.

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Our tour included a lovely lunch with longtime friends and an amazing view.

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The Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Our cruise finished back in Fort Lauderdale and our flight home was scheduled that night.  The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale was a great place to spend an afternoon.

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The Bonnet house was named for the bonnet lily that grows here.  The house was designed by Frederic Bartlett, an artist and collector from Chicago.  It is his interpretation of a Caribbean-style plantation house.  He began building the estate in 1920 and continued the work for 20 years.  

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The house is built around a large courtyard with the rooms opening onto covered walkways and porches.

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The grounds around the house are part of the barrier island ecosystem.

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Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett collected lots of whimsical art.

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These carousel animals hug the walls of the loggia.

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Evelyn Bartlett had a collection of several hundred orchid plants.  Some of the original specimens are decades old.

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DSC06500 C (600x450)  It’s a very peaceful place, a lovely estate surrounded by a forest in the middle of Fort Lauderdale.

For more info and a pretty video of the Bonnet House visit their website.  http://www.bonnethouse.org/

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