The historical Norton House on 22nd Avenue and Washington Street, which was built by William R. Norton in 1895, sat vacant for decades.
Now, thanks to real estate developer Daniel Alexander, it’s a charming bed and breakfast called The Norton Inn. Guests can rent the whole house or one of its three bedrooms, which includes a bridal suite. Alexander says the Victorian house is a great venue for weddings.
“We put 1,500 square feet of artificial grass down and we’ve got a wedding arch,” he says. “I think nowadays people are looking for unique venues rather than just a church.”
William R. Norton founded Phoenix’s Sunnyslope subdivision and is known for designing the Carnegie Library in Downtown Phoenix, which was the city’s first library. He also built the Gila County Courthouse in Globe. He lived in the Norton House with his family in the early 1900s. It was also used to house veterans during World War II.
“The house has a neat history,” Alexander says. “There’s an elderly gentleman that lives in the neighborhood and his parents bought the house from the original family that owned it, so he actually brought us some of the artifacts that were in the house originally.”
Before Alexander purchased the property, there was a fire that burned down a part of the structure.
“The [Arizona] Historical Society came and redid all the framework, redid the roof so that they could preserve the building,” he says. “Thank God they did.”
Alexander says the house was essentially stripped down to bare studs. All told, they restored nearly 80 percent of the property. “There was no electrical, there was no plumbing, there were no walls, there was no carpet, flooring, there were no doors,” Alexander says. “There were some windows and we preserved as many of the original windows as we could.”
In addition to hosting private parties, guests can also partake of murder mystery scenarios similar to the game Clue.
“It just kind of gives it a fun twist. If people want to have a fun night out, they can rent the house and they can have a hosted or un-hosted game night,” Alexander explains. “We like to give people some fun options to enjoy the house.”
Alexander says the Norton House is a great destination for guests that want to get a sense of Arizona history. “It’s a very unique experience.”
The Norton Inn
2222 W. Washington St.