Originally constructed in 1932 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Junior, the Mansion was thoughtfully designed as a 50th-anniversary gift to his beloved wife, Ada.
Sitting at the top of a hill, it commands the most dramatic views in Phoenix, showcasing the mountains and the city below.
It's architecture includes curated elements of Spanish, California Monterey, and Mediterranean styles.
Original tiles still grace the mansion, having been shipped from the Wrigley family's tile factory on Catalina Island and carted up the hill by donkey.
Sold by the Wrigley family in 1973, it changed hands several times. In 1992, as the city of Phoenix was planning to tear it down to make room for condos, Geordie Hormel and his wife, Jamie, fell in love with the property and purchased it. Together they restored it with the intention of sharing its inherent magic with everyone. Today it's a premier fine dining and special event venue.
This "winter cottage" was supposed to become the resting point for the Wrigley's during their long journeys from Chicago back home to Catalina. William Wrigley would truly never get a chance to enjoy the fruits of his effort. Not long after the completion of the Wrigley Mansion and during his first full stay, William Wrigley died on January 26, 1932 at the age of 70. And while William Wrigley never got the chance to enjoy the Wrigley Mansion, its still stands proud today.
- 24 rooms, 12 bathrooms, and over 16,000 square feet
- Sits on a 100-foot knoll with views of greater Phoenix to the south, close to the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, which Wrigley owned.
- Also known as William Wrigley Jr. Winter Cottage and as La Colina Solana
- Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989
The Wrigleys maintained other residences in Chicago; Philadelphia; Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Catalina Island; and Pasadena, and used this, the smallest of their houses, for only a few weeks a year.
The Mansion, was built as a 50th wedding anniversary present from Wrigley to his wife.
In 1932 Wrigley passed away in this home. He was 70 years old.
Wrigley passed away in the home in 1932
the Wrigley family continued to own and visit The Wrigley Mansion for 40 more years after his death
They took immaculate care of the property—right down to the doorknobs.
Over the years, Hollywood celebrities, dignitaries and even presidents made stops at the historic site.
Frank Lloyd Wright wasn't a fan:
The mansion's architecture contrasts with the nearby Biltmore, where Frank Lloyd Wright was an on-site consultant for four months. Wright was a friend of the Wrigleys but wasn't very impressed with the mansion, Apparently, Wright never believed on building on top of the hill and reportedly once told Wrigley's son, Philip Wrigley, "Well, Phil, I see you stuck your whole wad on the top of the hill."
Wrigley died in the house only a year after it was completed:
William Wrigley Jr. died in 1932 at age 70 in his bedroom. Because of this, the mansion is purported by some to be haunted. Staff sometimes tell interested visitors the ghost stories associated with the house and their personal supernatural experiences.
Geordie Hormel, air to the Hormel meat-packing fortune, bought the house in 1992
Before the mansion earned its place in the National Register of Historic Places and as a Phoenix Point of Pride, the city was planning on tearing it down to make room for condos. However, Geordie Hormel and his wife, Jamie, fell in love with the property and purchased it to restore it. Now, the entire mansion is open to the public for tours, dining, drinking and special events.
2501 E. Telawa Trail Phoenix, AZ 85016