The Mansion Family

See the house that chewing gum built and potted meat restored

Way before MTV invited us to peep the pimped-out pads of celebs on Cribs, industrialist fat cats were creating their own mega-mansions swank enough to make these new-money domiciles seem dumpy by comparison. One of the most magnificent was Phoenix's own Wrigley Mansion. Built for about $300,000 by chewing-gum kingpin William Wrigley Jr. as a 50th-anniversary gift for the missus, the colossal casa covers nearly 17,000 square feet, and sports 12 fireplaces and 12 bathrooms.

See how the other half pooped during the Wrigley Mansion Tour. The jaunt showcases the many architectural marvels of the venerable manor, which was restored to its 1930s glory by meat-packing heir Geordie Hormel and transformed into a private club that hosts various public events throughout the year.


Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Starts: Sept. 5. Continues through May 17, 2007
 
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