Friday, June 14, 2019

Wrigley Mansion: Classy But Haunted?

Today, I am touring the Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix. It is a gorgeous building in a beautiful setting, but it also has a reputation for some ghostly goings on. 

You can plan work or wedding events at the mansion, as well as enjoying the world-class food at Geordie's Restaurant and Jamie's Wine Bar.

The location sort of built up on a butte of rock gives the mansion an amazing view of the City of Phoenix. The landscaping complements the wintering location for Wrigley back in the day (the mansion was sold in 1973). 

From the quality of food and wine, the well-appointed setting, it is obvious the mansion is THE place to go for romance and entertaining business associates, but it also has a decidedly lingering energy that makes one feel as if generations still walk the halls. 

I am curious to take the tour and see this exquisite structure and learn of its history and its mystery. 

The gum-maker, William Wrigley, Jr., built the mansion in the late 1920s/early 1930s. Wrigley referred to it as his winter "cottage" (about 17,000 square feet!) It is located at 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

He bought the Biltmore Hotel nearby and then built the "cottage" for his wife as a 50th anniversary gift. The mansion has 24 rooms and 12 bathrooms. And, believe it or not, this was his smallest home.

In 1932, one year after building the mansion, Wrigley died at the age of 70 in his bedroom. Some staff at the mansion report some odd happenings. 

In 1992, Geordie Hormel (heir to the Hormel meat company) bought the mansion in 1992.

I am looking forward to touring this Phoenix landmark. Expect me to share the photographs and more information on this lovely destination for food and wine. 

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