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Roddis House (P. Lacey photo, 2007)

Roddis House (P. Lacey photo, 2007)

Roddis House (SHPO photo, 1980)

Roddis House (P. Lacey photo, 2007)

Roddis, Hamilton and Catherine, House
1108 East Fourth Street, Marshfield, Wood County
Date of construction: 1914
Architect: Gus Krasin

In 1900, Hamilton Roddis assumed the position of secretary/treasurer of the Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company in Marshfield. In 1920, he became the company's president. By 1960, Hamilton Roddis had expanded his father's company to 3500 employees and sales in excess of $59 million. During World War II, the Roddis company supplied yellow birch veneer to Britain for the construction of more than 6000 De Havilland Mosquito Bombers. The company also produced plywood for Howard Hughes' HK-1 Flying Boat known as the Spruce Goose.

Hamilton and Catherine Roddis began the construction of the three story Dutch Colonial Revival house in 1914. The local paper noted that the modern mansion would contain twelve rooms and would cost in excess of $13,000. The house showcased many of the Roddis Lumber and Veneer Company's products.

The house was suited for entertaining. The ballroom under the gambrel roof was the site of many parties. Summer gatherings took place in the large screened porch off of the living room. In addition, the first floor included large living and dining rooms and a library.

The Roddis House is a private home. Please respect the rights and privacy of the residents.

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