Tour and dine amid historic, holiday splendor
Tour two historic Phoenix mansions—the Wrigley and Rosson—both beautifully decorated for the holidays.
Wrigley Mansion was constructed between 1929 and 1931 for chewing-gum magnate, William Wrigley Jr. It sits on a 100-foot knoll, with views of greater Phoenix to the south, close to the Arizona Biltmore, which Wrigley owned. Built at a cost of $1.2 million, it is a combination of styles, including Spanish Colonial. The mansion has 24 rooms, 12 bathrooms and more than 16,000 square feet of living space.
After the mansion tour, lunch will be in a private dining room at Wrigley’s restaurant Geordie’s, where Chef Christopher Gross, a James Beard award winner, is at the helm.
After lunch and a short bus ride to Heritage Square, you’ll tour Rosson House, a fully restored Queen Anne Victorian style house, that serves as a living-history museum. The house was built in 1895, at a cost of $7,525, as the residence of Dr. Roland Lee Rosson, a general physician and surgeon, and his family. It was one of the most prominent residences in Phoenix at the time.
The architecture displays numerous attributes from various cultures, such as an Asian moon gate, Italian hooded windows and a French octagonal turret. The house changed hands numerous times, including being purchased in 1904 by Steven Higley, who was a partner in the “Arizona Republic” newspaper. It became a rooming/boarding house in 1948 and eventually fell into disrepair. In 1974, the City of Phoenix purchased Rosson House and restored it to its original condition.
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
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