a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wrigley Mansion

A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

W - Wrigley Mansion

Wrigley Mansion was the winter cottage for William Wrigley, Jr of the Wrigley gum fame.  He built the house for a present for his wife for their 50th anniversary in the late 1920's.  Sadly, he lived in the house only one year before he died.  The Wrigley Family also had several other houses scattered across the country; I remember seeing one of them from the outside on Catalina Island in the Southern California area.




This is what it looks like; this is a painting of it.  It has four bedrooms.  Mr. Wrigley wanted it to be basically a family home, so that's why he didn't make a lot of guest rooms in it.  Guests would be invited to stay at the Biltmore Hotel right below the mansion at his expense for a period of time.  The four bedrooms were used one for he, one for his wife, and then the other bedroom for his son and wife, and the 4th for their children.



This piano is only one of two that were made back in the 1920's.  This particular one was "ahead of its time" in that the brown box behind the piano contained songs on rolls that were able to be put into the piano so that they could have like a disk change with a remote control to change music without having to get up and physically put a new roll on.  The other piano is located in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. 



This is the switchboard operator room.  Not a good picture of the walls, but the walls were made out of silver wrapping from the gum.  Years later, there is a touch of mint smell still in the room.



The story of the owners. After the Wrigley family sold it, I'm not sure about the Talley Industries story, but when Western Savings Bank owned it, they used it a lot for executives to come and visit.  I guess there was some type of scandal with the Western Savings Bank and they lost the house.  The city was going to take it over and there was talk about tearing it down, but George Hormel (of Dinty Moore Stew fame) bought it and renovated it.  


Staircase going upstairs.



There are 11 fireplaces in the mansion and each are of a different design.



Another example of one.



Nowadays they converted the veranda into a restaurant with both outside and inside eating. As part of the tour we took, we could sign up to have a lunch there, which we did.  Very delicious food and reasonably priced. 

The tour was free and you could walk around the house afterwards for as long as you wanted.  

When the house was built, it was 6 miles out of the heart of Phoenix. Now it is basically in the middle of the city.  It holds weddings and is a popular place to eat.

Definitely a place to visit if in the Phoenix area. My advice. Valet park.  We didn't and the walk up to it was challenging with lots of steps.

Are you a gum chewer?

I'm not really; just once in awhile.  I do get irritated though when I'm doing my medical transcription work and I have a doctor dictating and you can hear them chomping on their gum.

52 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

A charming gift for a 50th anniversary. Nice husband. LOVE that piano. The restaurant looks lovely indeed. Was intrigued by the smell of mint still being there in that silver room.

joeh said...

Took a lot of gum to put that together.

With the new owners I bet it gets a little chili in the winter.



sorry

Tamara Gerber said...

I had no idea about this. To me anything Wrigley is going on in Chicago ;-)

Love your bench picture! I could probably spend hours sitting there!

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I used to like gum as a teenager, but these days not so much :) My fav used to be Juicy Fruit.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Sophie Duncan said...

I don't chew gum a lot, unless I want to freshen my breath after eating onions or the like.

Chomping and talking is a bad habit, I don't like that on the phone when sometimes someone carries on chewing as they talk!

Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles | Wittegen Press | FB3X

Deniz Bevan said...

Thank goodness the house was preserved!

Pamela Lazos said...

Fantastic. I love architecture and am always grateful to see that something missed the demolition man given our propensity for tearing things down and starting again. Great photos, too!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's always nice to see how the rich and famous lived. Too bad he didn't get to live there much at all. Thankfully it was saved and not torn down. I've been a gum chewer in the past but not much anymore. When ever I've had to fly, I always made sure to have some on hand.

Bijoux said...

Beautiful home and I enjoy hearing about the history of the family behind the name.

I haven't chewed gum since I was a kid. Never a fan of it.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Not a big gum chewer these days either. Glad the mansion was not torn down.

Joanne said...

I love visiting historic homes. This looks wonderful.

Maria Zannini said...

I'm glad it wasn't torn down.

I used to be a gum chewer and then my jaw started to hurt and that was the end of that. :)

Jaye @ Life Afloat said...

I'm not usually a fan of the houses of the rich and famous; I'm often more curious about how minimalists live ... but this one is really appealing. (Maybe because it's large but not trying to be a palace?

jack69 said...

What an interesting entry. I am impressed by the piano, amazing. I like the house and also like the idea of Wrigley to make it a family HOUSE/ HOME!
Good 'un!

Intense Guy said...

Hurray for Beef Stew!!!

:) I'm glad they were able to preserve this home!

Michelle Wallace said...

Interesting about the piano that was "ahead of its time"...
11 fireplaces...that's a lot of internal warmth.
(PS. Have you received your e-copy of A Change Of Mind And Other Stories by Nick Wilford?)
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Pat Hatt said...

That is a lot of fire places. Must have sold a lot of gum too haha I never chewed gum much. Maybe half a dozen times in my entire life.

Kathleen Valentine said...

Beautiful pictures. Your comment about gum made me remember Teaberry which was my favorite when I was a kid.

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Keiths Ramblings said...

I used to have a pianola in my pub! Loads of music rolls too. This like a lovely house and a great place to relax.

My A-Z story features 4 neglected W words

My friend Rosey has had a go too - Wobbly Wosey!

Srivi said...

The house looks amazing! I love to visit such places having so much history behind it...
I am not too fond of chewing gum!

Srivi, The Piscean Me

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love touring old houses. Not a gum chewer either and it irritates me to be around people who are chewing.

Susan Says

Gwynn Rogers said...

Oh YES!! I remember the Wrigley Mansion on Catalina Island, up on the hill. I never saw the inside. Your pictures are STUNNING!! Thank you for the fabulous memories! Great post!

lyndagrace said...

My imagination runs wild when I visit historic homes. I wonder what it must have been like to live in one of them.
You give a great tour, Betty!
I am a gum chewer. Addicted to it, I think. I figure it’s better than a cookie or piece of cake.

Wendy said...

Not a gum chewer but I like that Wrigley wallpapered a room with gum wrapper foil.

Ruth said...

Nice house.

T. A. Miles said...

Nice pictures. :) I used to love gum when I was a child, but not anymore.

Linda said...

You come up with the most interesting places to see! I'd swear you were a tour guide author if I didn't know better! Trident spearmint gum is my choice nowadays. I used to have a "I will not chew gum in class" written 100 times just in case I got caught with bubble gum in elementary school, if that answers your question. (:

Jo said...

Beautiful house. Nice anniversary present. I don't chew gum so wouldn't have contributed to the family fortunes. I am glad it wasn't pulled down though. Love the staircase.

Sarah Allan said...

That's a really neat tour to take! I'm glad Hormel rescued the house from demolition. I'm not much of a gum chewer (though I will accept a piece from a friend if I've eaten something I'm sure will give me terrible breath) because I know I chew like a cow and don't want to subject the public to that. :-P

Liz A. said...

Wow, Wrigley sure got around. I remember first hearing about him on Catalina. There's a Wrigley neighborhood in Long Beach (east of Signal Hill, south of Bixby Knolls--Long Beach has lots of neighborhoods). And I thought he was from Chicago.

Mevely317 said...

I'm so glad for the opportunity to lunch there a few years ago! Boy, you're right about remembering to valet your car! (No, we didn't.)
'Missed seeing that switchboard operator's room ... what a hoot! :)

I've not chewed gum for years, but used to have a major addiction to Double-Bubble gum. Just thinking about it makes me want to find some and see how big a bubble I can produce!

Jerralea said...

How interesting! I love touring old homes and hearing the history.

I do like gum ... for about 30 seconds. Then I'm done. LOL.

Joy said...

Was chewing gum today :) And love those classic staircases and switchboards.

Joy @ The Joyous Living

Lynn Proctor said...

Gorgeous- thank goodness someone bought it - I used to love chewing gum- had to stop- not good for dental work!

Lynn Proctor said...

Gorgeous- thank goodness someone bought it - I used to love chewing gum- had to stop- not good for dental work!

shortybear said...

very lovely

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wow, what a place! That's one heck of a 50th anniversary gift :) I don't chew gum regularly; just once in awhile.

Paula Kaye said...

That is one huge home to only have 4 bedrooms. Those rooms must be gigantic. I would love to see those walls wallpapered in gum wrappers. Awesome!! I am not much of a gun chewer. Back in the day, I would chew some now and again. Not anymore!

Lowcarb team member said...

Never have been a gum chewer.

Enjoyed all your photo's and reading about this house I just love the image of the 'Staircase going upstairs.'

All the best Jan

Lux G. said...

I was a gum chewer when I was younger. Not anymore.
It's sad losing a mansion as good as this. But that's an interesting story. Would be fun to visit it.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I love visiting mansions. This one looks like an especially beautiful one. I love the staircase. I am an avid gum chewer. Every day. Orbit...

Denise said...

I hate gum chewers!!! Especially folks who crack it and talk with a big wad in their mouth. Do they ever look in a mirror and see how disgusting they look?

Marie Moody said...

How beautiful! Ahhh if walls could only talk what would they say I wonder. As big as the old mansions were no wonder you never see heavy people in the older pictures. They surely got a lot of exercise. When I read Wrigley I immediately thought of Wrigley Field. ~hehehe~ I'm from Chicago.

yaya said...

I'm not a big gum chewer and when I'm working and we see adhesions inside a patient's abdomen I always think of the old wives tale of not swallowing your gum or it will stick up your insides! Ha! I'm familiar with Wrigley...I've gone to his baseball park a few times growing up in Chicago! Looks like a fun tour..thanks for sharing!

Veronica Lee said...

I steer clear of chewing gum when my tooth filling came out with it! That is one gorgeous mansion, Betty!

Sunni said...

That sounds like something worth seeing. I can't imagine papering a room in gum wrappers! That's very unique.

You got some nice photos of the place.

I've seen the pianos with the roles of paper that play the music.

Nice post, Betty.

mike spain said...

Looks like a beautiful house

Kat said...

Very cool! What a house! And I love that the walls were covered with the silver gum wrappers and the mint could still be smelled. That is awesome.

Jayanthi said...

Wow .. so much history behind Wrigley's chewing gum. That man dis create an iconic brand ... the fact that i can recall that brand even though i hardly chew gum.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That looks lovely and a fun place to visit. I am not a gum chewer except sometimes in the show. Mark chews gum often, mostly throughout the day at work.

Birgit said...

Why is it that all these beautiful homes were or close to being destroyed. I just don't get it...I hate developers. I used to chew gum but my jaw would get sore and I am with you, I hate when people chew gum with their mouth open...my mom would tells us to stop kanaching.

DMS said...

I chew gum once in a while. :) This sounds like a fascinating place to visit and I love that I got to visit through your post. How interesting that the walls in that one photo is made of gum-wrappers! Mint is a good smell. :) Thanks for sharing!
~Jess