VFW Post 1011 – Peabody MA


W.P.A. Bulletin, 1937:

“In the middle 1800s a two-story wooden building on Stevens street, Peabody. served as a town hall and later as the city’s first high school (after Peabody became a city). But population increased as the city’s leather business prospered and the old building became inadequate for changing conditions. So it was abandoned and seemed to sadly view the passing parade of modern life.

Fidelity Post, 1011, ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars, needed a clubhouse. City fathers donated the old town hall and high school for the purpose. A WPA project built a cement floor in the cellar, adding shower baths. Two former school rooms were made into a meeting hall. Behind the first-floor meeting hall a fully equipped kitchen was installed. The building was also generally renovated and modernized, Now the vets have as cozy a club as any in the state.

On the walls hang relics of the wars of 1775, 1812, 1846, 1898 and 1917 (can you name ’em all?) and a scroll bearing the names of the world war boys who did not return.
The project was originally sponsored under ERA by the then Mayor J. Lee Sullivan and has been supervised by James L. Hughes and Joseph P. Ryan, WPA engineers.

We like the old motto ever the main entrance, i.e., “THE ORNAMENTS OF A HOUSE ARE THE GUESTS WHO FREQUENT IT.””

Source notes

Works Progress Bulletin, Massachusetts: Dec. 15, 1937 (pg. 3)

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on May 6, 2017.

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Location Info

20 Stevens St.
Peabody, MA 01960

Coordinates: 42.528434, -70.928586

One comment on “VFW Post 1011 – Peabody MA

  1. Peter G. Arakelian

    My uncle, Haig M. Arakelian, PE supervised construction of a stone wall somewhere on Centennial Drive in Peabody under the WPA. There was even a bronze plaque fixed to the cornerstone but had disappeared when I last saw it. Is it possible to find out where it was and if it still stands. Uncle Mike had grown up and lived at 158 Main St in Peabody and had graduated from M.I.T. about that time..

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