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Singewald Family Tours Former Home, Now the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center

Norwalk Inn has named suites at The Guest House for previous owners

On their tour of The Guest House at The Norwalk Inn, Marie Singewald Donahue (L) and Elizabeth Singewald (R) visit the suite that bears their family’s name. Contributed photo
On their tour of The Guest House at The Norwalk Inn, Marie Singewald Donahue (L) and Elizabeth Singewald (R) visit the suite that bears their family’s name. Contributed photo
The Norwalk Inn & Conference Center announced that the 11 suites housed in the newly renovated Guest House at the Norwalk Inn are being named after the former owners of the 263-year-old property. 

The Guest House at 93 East Avenue, now an extended stay hotel, is rich in history.

According to historic records, Samuel Grumman willed the home to his son Thomas Grumman in 1750 before it was partially destroyed during the burning of Norwalk in 1779. Over the next hundred years, the property was passed down through many noted Connecticut families and descendants of the Buckingham-St. Johns, the Bush and the Hoyt families.

During the last century, the Nagy, Erikson, Singewald and Weigand families owned the home before it was sold to the Norwalk Inn in 2001. 

To commemorate the naming of their family’s suite, Liz Singewald of Norwalk and Marie Singewald Donahue of Wilton toured the Guest House.

During the 1940’s, Elizabeth (Toddy) Singewald and Valeria (Bobby) Singewald converted the house to rental units where many family members lived over the next forty years. In the 1980’s, Martin Weigand, one of the Singewalds' nephews, sold the home to its current owners.

“We’re delighted that our family is being recognized,” Mrs. Donohue said in the release. “We had a lot of fun times in that house.”

During the tour, Mrs. Donahue spotted one of the home’s original fireplace mantels, which was salvaged, restored and moved to take its place in the new grand foyer. “I think that would make Toddy and Bobby very happy,” she said.



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