Wauregan Hotel (1855)

October 12th, 2009 Posted in Hotels, Italianate, Norwich

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The Wauregan Hotel, originally known as the Wauregan House, was built in downtown Norwich in 1855 and soon became known as one of the finest hotels in New England. When Abraham Lincoln came to give a campaign speech in Norwich in 1860, he stayed in a room at the Wauregan. The Hotel was expanded in 1894 with the absorption of the neighboring Clarendon building, by which the Wauregan added a dining room and a ballroom. By the 1940s, the building’s Italianate cast iron ornamentation had been removed. Abandoned for many years and in a deteriorating condition, the Wauregan Hotel was in danger of demolition, but a preservation effort was successful: the building was restored to its original level of architectural detail and the interior has been adapted for reuse as an apartment building.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Wauregan Hotel (1855)”

  2. By Steven N. Jersey on Apr 27, 2012

    Col C. F. Simonds the owner in 1899 was my ancestor. My family has his Civil war diary. We would like to know more about the family.

  3. By Bonnie Selvidio Burgess on Jun 30, 2012

    I have a menu of the waregan Hotel & gentleman’s club dated 1941 in downtown Norwich Conn. it was my mothers she collected menu’s from different restaurants in Norwich & cone Island any interest I love looking at these things The prices alone are well I wish that was the case now! Spaghetti & meatballs 1.25?

  4. By Daniel D. on Feb 4, 2013

    To Steven who posted above… According to the 1880 census, my great great great grandfather (Dwight Doolittle) was the Innkeeper at the Wauregan in 1880. Do you know when your ancestor purchased the Hotel? I’d be curious to know if he was the owner during this time or if my ancestor owned it. Very interesting and very exciting to be putting together some of the puzzle pieces of the earlier generations!

  5. By Cindy on Aug 6, 2013

    Daniel and Steven…I have newspaper clippings showing my 2nd Great Grand Uncle Chauncey W Johnson purchased the Hotel in 1871, 1870 census shows him as the Hotel Keeper.

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