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.
At a cost of $1.2 million, it is Spanish Colonial with 24 rooms, 12 bathrooms and over 16,000 sq. feet!
They needed a full time phone operator!
The ballroom has a wonderful ceiling.
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.
You can hear it here.
Upstairs to the bedrooms and baths…
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.
I couldn’t get enough of the extraordinary ceiling in the foyer.
A small dining room.
And a large dining room.
And a glamorous ladies room.
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.
Jamie’s Wine Bar opened in 2016 in the re-designed library.
Our tour included a lovely lunch with longtime friends and an amazing view.