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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.