, Salem, MA


November 25, 2013

Letter: The story behind Stodder Place


There are four houses that comprise Stodder Place, numbered 1, 3, 4, and 5. The oldest, number 5, was built about 1800 and is owned by Christopher Matton. Tracing its history would be an interesting project — it has had many residents with occupations that range from shoe cutter to architect.

I was pleased to discover that the large house once owned by Simon Stodder is still standing. For 40 years, it was the Spychalski Funeral Home.

Today, the 10 rooms are divided into two units. The roof is surmounted by a cupola that in former days must have served as a lookout. In looking over the facts, I believe that the house was built at a date earlier than 1870 as recorded on the city assessor’s record.

Jeanne Stella


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