Dodge House, 18 East St., Ipswich MA
Dodge House, 18 East St., Ipswich MA

The Dodge House at 18 East St. was built in 1725 and is a 2nd Period 2 story house protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the town of Ipswich. Protected elements include the front and side facades including the Beverly jog, Center brick chimney and original fabric of the four fireplaces, wide board pine floors, and major members of the frame. View MACRIS

The photo below shows original beams and paneling in the living room.

Dodge House, 18 East St. Ipswich: summer beam and field panels

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1980 photo from the MACRIS site

Prudence Fish wrote: “As a new Realtor I decided to specialize in selling antique or historically significant houses and that is what I did for more than 25 years. From the beginning I felt compelled to come to the rescue of the worst, endangered houses that came on the market causing one broker to announce that “Pru doesn’t work for the buyer or the seller. She works for the old house.” Selling old wrecks did not make me rich. In fact, I probably earned the lowest commissions in the business because I sold the cheapest houses, all of them worthy of restoration.”

“This was an 18th century half house needing everything. This was a pretty dismal house before experienced restorers turned the situation around. It was purchased by a young couple trying to find a good antique in Ipswich. They had the energy and the smarts to know what to do with it. It was beautifully saved and attractively painted. It is very much a credit to the neighborhood but most importantly, it was saved.”

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